‘Men in Black III’ Sets Up the Franchise for a Reboot

Director Barry Sonnenfeld says this latest sequel is the final chapter in the Agent J and K storyline.

Josh Brolin may headline a Men in Black reboot at Sony
Josh Brolin may headline a Men in Black reboot at Sony
Men in Black III is not the final film in the franchise, according to director Barry Sonnenfeld, but it is the last chapter in the Agent K and Agent J storyline, with this third sequel setting up a possible reboot at Sony.

Barry Sonnenfeld recently spoke with MTV about the future of this sci-fi series, and hinted that we may see more of Josh Brolin as a younger Agent K in the 70s, but the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones relationship is completely wrapped up with this latest outing.

"This is by far the most emotional of the movies. It has a really surprising ending. The fantastic thing about Men in Black III, is that it totally closes out the trilogy, it answers questions that you didn't even know you should be asking, it leaves you emotionally warm and sad and happy, and it could also reboot the franchise. But I can't even begin to tell you how to interpret all of that. [Laughs] But I would say this: If your interpretation is that Men in Black 4 will only star the worm guys and Frank the pug, you are wrong."

Barry Sonnenfeld also clarified rumors that the film was in shambles during production.

"What was reported on this one was that we took a several-months hiatus to work on the script. As it relates to that, that concept was built into the shooting schedule. We wanted the next movie Will Smith was in after a long time where he wasn't in movies to be Men in Black III. We also wanted to shoot in New York, which had a tax incentive that was about to expire. It didn't expire, but we didn't know it wasn't going to expire, because New York state legislature had to vote it in again, and we weren't sure that was going to happen.

So we started the movie with a full script and with a really great first act - but the second and third needed work. We built in a two-month hiatus so we could continue working on the script and not need an eight-week reshoot. So that's what we did. The truth is, the great thing about the movie, is that there was no stress between myself and any of the actors. We all got along very well. You don't ever want a director and a movie star who see two different movies. But we all were working with the same ideas in mind. We knew the characters, we knew the history, and we were very much in sync.

People don't know this, but the end and plot of the first Men In Black was changed after we shot the picture, months and months and months after shooting. We had cut the movie and were ready to mix it and everything. But I took one scene and got a phonetics expert to change what the two aliens were saying - they were speaking English, and we changed it to an alien language, and subtitled what they were saying. That totally changed the plot of the movie. So, we did not have to do that on this movie. We got [the story] right the first time; it just took a long time to get there. The movie is really good, and it looks great. I think it's going to be fantastic in 3-D, too."

To read more about the storyline of Men in Black III: Click Here!

Men in Black 3 was released May 25th, 2012 and stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mike Colter, Nicole Scherzinger. The film is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Sources: MTV
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Comments (39)

  1. Sean

    @bellandedward1 I hope they don't continue the franchise with out Will Smoth and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent J and Agent K.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Bellandedward1

    so after all this long wait for the third one which is going to be epic by the way , since the serie of J and KAY is going to be over how could they possibly continue the francise without J and KAY

    3 years agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  3. Sean

    @kguy Exactly.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. Sean

    @corey Hopefully this one wont suck.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. TheSymbiote

    @jayaottley Lady Gaga as an alien i could see, but it would be much more believable if Justin Bieber had a cameo as a girl

    3 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  6. Jay.A.Ottley

    @thesymbiote Nope, that really was Michael,

    Apparently in this one, Justin Bieber & Lady Gaga cameo in this one as aliens.

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  7. Yveske

    is this a true sequel? do you have to see the 1 and second to follow the 3?

    3 years agoby @yveskeFlag

  8. K.Guy

    @corey I enjoyed the first, actually. @themoviefanatic Like how Paramount begged Bay to return for TF4 even though all the human cast dropped out!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  9. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic@kguy First two sucked anyway, as will this one...

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. Sean

    @kguy I completely agree with you on that. It just cannot happen without Will Smith. I hope they stop at Men in Black 3 and not do a reboot for Men in Black. Three movies are enough for the Men in Black movies.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. K.Guy

    Okay... think for a moment. You think that you're MIB reboot will be a success without Will.. Has anybody learned what the consequences would be to reboot a recent movie that was successful in every way!?

    Epic fail!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  12. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic Oh. Sorry for letting you know then, bro.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  13. Sean

    @corey No, i didn't want some exclusive details.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  14. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic I thought you wanted some exclusive details man...

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  15. Sean

    @corey Don't start that sh*t again! If you think i'm going to believe that, then you have got another thing coming.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic I hear the reboot is going to bring in Davy Jones.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  17. Sean

    @dan1 Agreed.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  18. Dan


    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  19. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Ya, los mas que odian a MIB

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  20. TheSymbiote

    i could see them making another

    3 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  21. ROFLitschristian

    @corey They've never appealed to me.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  22. TheSymbiote

    @jayaottley That was really Michael? i thought they just got a look a like lol

    3 years agoby @thesymbioteFlag

  23. ROFLitschristian

    When you set up your movies to be rebooted, you're f*cking *sshole.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  24. moviegeek

    Okay, seriously? The men in black movies aren't that good.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  25. Salemwolf711

    Lets not get ahead of our self's...

    3 years agoby @Salemwolf711Flag

  26. SherlockHolmes2009

    Tom and Will shall be missed

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  27. Michael Jamie Morley

    This is becoming way too common, Transformers 4 will be a sequel reboot, The Bourne Legacy is a sequel reboot and this is a sequel reboot. Why do they have to do this? Tommy Lee Jones & Will Smith made this franchise the full frontal, why not finish the franchise off with them. Like come on seriously do they really need to reboot this?

    3 years agoby @Michael-Jamie-MorleyFlag

  28. Sean

    A reboot for the Men in Black movies is not needed at all. I say leave it alone after Men in Black 3. Keep it as a trilogy and not make anything more after that, that has anything to do with Men in Black.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  29. artkid04

    future franchise duo Josh Brolin and Bill Hader

    3 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  30. artkid04

    i think the franchises future will be set in an alternate past were K does not die, giving Josh brolin the chance to take over the franchise, i think that would be pretty cool

    3 years agoby @artkid04Flag

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