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.
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.
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.