‘Men In Black 3′ Has A New Screenwriter & Teaser Clip

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:11 pm,

Sony Pictures has announced that screenwriter David Koepp will pen a new draft of the script for their 3D sequel Men in Black 3.  Although the film is not due out in theaters until the 2012 Summer Movie Season, a short teaser – filmed in 3D no less – has also been released.

Men in Black 3 will see blockbuster maestro Will Smith back in black as Agent J, while his esteemed costar Tommy Lee Jones is still in negotiations to return as the no-nonsense Agent K.  Jemaine Clement will play Boris, a nefarious alien who travels back in time to the year 1969 to execute a diabolical plan.

Jones’ scenes will reportedly bookend the film while the main plot revolves around Smith’s attempts to thwart Boris’ scheme by traveling back to 1969 himself.  There he will encounter a younger version of Jones’ character, a role which Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex) is still in talks to play.

Koepp will rewrite a previous version of the Men in Black 3 script that was originally scribed by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder).  As a screenwriter, Koepp’s output has been solid at times (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man), occasionally preposterous (Angels and Demons), and sometimes downright inane (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).  So his coming onboard is not an automatic blessing for MIB 3.

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If you look at Koepp’s track record, his writing tends to be weakest when he’s constricted by an initially weak concept or narrative (George Lucas, I’m looking at you).  Unfortunately, the basic time-travel plot of the third M.I.B. flick doesn’t sound especially promising – it has an almost sitcom feel to it, much like the It’s A Wonderful Life-esque premise of Shrek Forever After.  That’s not exactly encouraging.

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You might recall that last month Josh Brolin praised an earlier draft of the Men in Black 3 screenplay, though he admitted “it’s very different than what is being written now.” Presumably, his meaning was that Koepp’s script is a radical departure from earlier versions, so it’s difficult to gauge whether or not he’s still thrilled about the project now – particularly since he has yet to officially come onboard.

Meanwhile, Sony has also released a brief promo for the third M.I.B. movie, which looks slightly blurry due to its having been filmed in 3D.  Nothing of particular importance here, other than the fact that we have now been assured by Will Smith himself that he can still look good in black sunglasses.

Check out the clip below:

Men in Black 3 Teaser

What do you think?  Do you think Koepp will come up with a witty, intelligent screenplay on a par with the first Men In Black movie?  Do you think the time travel story has potential?  Sound off in the comments section below.

Men in Black 3 will hit regular and 3D theaters in the U.S. on May 25th, 2012.

Source: Sony Insider (via Coming Soon)

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  1. OMG, I love this MIB teaser. I believe Will Smith will make 3D look good. I will see Will Smith in 3D. I like to see good looking people in 3D.

  2. whats that orgasm sound at the last second? “ooooh” sounds very weird! hahah
    really cool teaser tho! im looking forward to this one! :)

  3. While I like the idea of new MIB, Will Smith looks terribly disinterested in this clip.

    • Totally agree with you. Not only that, I find it troubling that for this short promo, they decided to recycle a gag from MiB 1, and to not execute it very well.

      Not very promising.

  4. the plot seems kind of weak, but i’ll still see it, i liked Indy 4, so Koepp doesn’t bother me. i thought Indy 4 was better than Spiderman. Koepp just rewrote Jim Cameron’s ideas anyways…

  5. MIB without TLJ isn’t MEN in Black. It’s Man in Black. I know that Will Smith is a huge star, but I just don’t think MIB would have been anything without Tommy Lee Jones. I am cautiously optimistic about this movie, but I am already sick of the 3D crap.

    • same here, not a fan of the 3d stuff….and if this one doesnt have jones in it, i wont see it

      • If the SHOOT it in 3D like Avatar was, then it might be ok because it would hopefully add depth to the film. If it’s added after the fact so we can get “slimed”, no thanks. Either way, it’s definitely not worth the huge upcharge the theaters are charging. I’m still in shock that I paid $15.25 to see Avatar in IMAX 3D. That is NEVER going to happen again, and I am NEVER going to buy a 3D television either. Everyone help me pray that my current Panny plasma will live forever….LOL.

        • well, never saw avatar, never really plan too either….

  6. I’m looking forward to this. I actually liked both MIB movies.

  7. I think they could deliver a good movie, can’y wait.

  8. oops,can’t wait

  9. I can’t see the clip. it says video for private viewing only/

  10. I wonder what the last shot of the film is going to be? The last shots of the first two films were pretty trippy.

  11. huh can’t view the video, says I have accept the sender’s friend request….. Weird

    • Ditto.

  12. Can’t view!
    ?????? :(

  13. Can’t see the video either.

    • lucky me i viewed it just minutes after it was posted, neener neener

      • Sorry about the issues with the video folks. We’ve got a working link up now.

        Blame the Sony Insider Youtube account for being weird. Oy…

  14. Can’t wait for this movie. Honestly though, I can’t understand why everyone is so down on 3D. I have a 46″ Samsung 3D TV. It’s freaking awesome. 3D has changed a lot since the early days. Movies like Avatar are a great example of what the technology can do. Movies like Clash of the Titans however show how it can be abused. If it’s done right i’ll gladly pay the extra money.

  15. So they go back in time to attempt to stop either “K” from joining MiB or MiB to get off the ground.

    My view of time travel to change the past is very closed minded. You just cant do it.

    3-D I think should still be kept at the “animation” level probably where it looks the and comes across the best.

    • Time travel works in some movies: Terminator series, Back to the Future series, Star Trek. It’s just another vehicle to use to progress a movie. Traveling faster than light is impossible but no one seems to think about that in Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, etc… It’s just another way to tell a story.

  16. Well looks like I’m a day late short bb/c the teaser is now gone. YouTbe says it was removed by request of the owner. Maybe this wasn’t supposed to be released yet?