‘Men in Black 3′ Production Delayed Again

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Sony officials raised a lot of eyebrows last fall when they announced that Men in Black III would go on a production hiatus over the winter holidays, with filming set to resume this week. The studio claims it conceived that unorthodox plan to take advantage of New York tax incentives and the warmer weather for exterior shots – and it’s certainly possible that was the case.

But here’s where things start to get suspicious: production on Men In Black III won’t restart until the end of March, and an anonymous source close to the project says it’s due to some unspecified script issues.

Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) was hired on to script Men in Black III back in late 2009, and eventually Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Tower Heist) was brought onboard to work on Cohen’s screenplay during the break in production. 24 Frames says that the script simply isn’t ready yet, and thus shooting will be postponed for another five weeks to allow Nathanson more time. While Sony naturally isn’t commenting on that claim, it does insist that the movie’s release date won’t be affected.

Josh Brolin offered assurances to fans that Men in Black III will be better than Jonah Hex a few months back, but now even the True Grit actor has spoken out about his increasing impatience with the production delays. The film may ultimately benefit from not being rushed, but when significant script retooling occurs at this juncture, it’s usually not a good sign.

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The basic plot synopsis for Men in Black III doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence either, as it throws time travel into the mix and follows Agent Jay (Will Smith) as he meets up with a young Agent Kay (Brolin) in the year 1969. Scenes involving Tommy Lee Jones as the elder Kay have already been shot, and will reportedly bookend the film, which primarily takes place in the 1960s – in part to set up a number of jokes about older celebrities like Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol actually being extraterrestrials.

Punchlines about famous figures secretly being aliens are an old hat for the Men in Black franchise, but they can still be entertaining if pulled off correctly. The time travel angle raises concerns that Men in Black III could jump the shark – though, if the overall ratings at Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB are anything to judge by, a number of moviegoers seem to feel that Men in Black 2 already accomplished that feat – not to mention the poor track record of belated sequels in general.

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On the plus side, Men in Black III does boast a pretty solid cast overall, including costars like Emma Thompson, Alec Baldwin, Sharlto Copley, and Jemaine Clement as the villain. This is one sci-fi franchise that’s prospered in the past from being whimsical and tongue-in-cheek, so not all hope should be lost for this film, productions woes aside. Best to not be too optimistic, though…

Men in Black III will supposedly arrive in 2D and 3D theaters on May 25th, 2012.

Source: LA Times

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  1. Damn…. :(

  2. just scrap the project it was a bad idea from the start, no time travel

  3. Yep no1 wanted this anyway just scap it, agreed.

  4. I wasn’t aware of Sharlto Copley acting in this movie. What role does he play?

    • @ Bigfoot

      An alien, apparently (insert “District 9″ joke of choice here). 😎

  5. Wow the stink from this one is really starting to drift over into the normal peoples neighborhood.

  6. I have a bad feeling that this movie will be cancelled

  7. They will NOT cancel it. They would sooner release it unfinished than not at all. There is yet still profits left to squander!

  8. Maybe they should replace Will Smith with this 2 kids he’s been chumming.

  9. Refuse to watch anything with Alec Baldwin anyway.

    • Why? You may disagree with his political agenda or his “off the field” antics, but you can’t deny he’s a great dramatic and comedic actor.

  10. That can’t be good when they are rewriting the script in the middle of filming. The first two were funny. I just hope this one isn’t a mess when it is released.

  11. To quote every Star Wars film/book/comic/game

    “I Have a bad feeling about this”

  12. MIB3 is shaping up to be yet another sequel that nobody asked for, and the problems with the script isn’t exactly a confidence booster, either.

    The bad news is that Sony’s gonna milk this cash cow until there’s nothing left but fumes.