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Rumor: Men in Black 3 is Still in Development Somewhere?

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September 29, 2008
Source: Parade

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I'm getting quite tired of running rumors like this, but alas, it's news people want to read about. We were recently pointed towards a quote in the latest issue of Parade where producer Walter Parkes apparently comments on the status of another Men in Black movie. In response to a question about a Men in Black 3, Parkes says "the challenge is getting the script right and finding a time when our busy stars are available." But that's not all. "Everyone, including Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, wants to do another." Since when? Some quick background research uncovers a story from way back in 2005, where Parkes said that there have "been some conversations" but not much more. So is this real news or not?

It's hard to say that Parade would be digging up old rumors and quoting a producer out of context, which makes me believe this quote is actually legitimate news. I'll be making some calls today to try and find out a bit more, but I'm just not so sure if this really means we'll see a third movie anyway. Parkes, remarkably, accurately described the second Men in Black (from 2002), saying "I don't think we did the best possible job on the second one." Really?! I know I really didn't like it at all, but that may just be me. One of the big current Hollywood trends surrounds bringing back seemingly "dead" franchises and it looks like Men in Black is the perfect candidate for a big-time return. But would it actually end up any good?

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  • Voice Of Reason
    1st one was great, but the 2nd one nuked the fridge. Bad.
  • http://www.movielegacy.com Dan Geer
    Other than the fact that MIB2 was only like 80 some odd minutes, I liked both the MIB movies. They're cheesy and outrageous, but that's what I liked about them. They're Sci-fi comedies. And Will Smith is always marketable, even if his movies aren't that great. With the MIB "franchise," I think people will go see it and make it a good amount of money.
  • jmoney
    Yeah, I agree with Dan. Make it longer and give it use of the bigger scope (Remember the end of the first movie?? Huge wow moment). Maybe Somewhere in space?
  • kdr
    I think it would make a good amount of money, Will Smith has really blown up as an actor since MIB II and Tommy Lee's most recent films gave him a lot of praise as an actor (In the Valley of Elah and No Country for Old Men). It would have to be an exceptional script though, the second movie was really really bad, I hope they wouldn't agree to do it just for the sake of making a third film. I would say this resurgence of bringing back a "dead" franchise is because those movies were absolute great. Everyone loves to be nostalgic and and see the movies that were popular then get a make over. People want to see what can be done with matured actors and new technology. Also I think I must note that movie making now is different than say 10 years ago. A lot more films are produced now in theaters alone, but even with some going straight to DVD. And with that a lot of really bad films are made, people want to see those good movies even if that means bringing back what was good back in the day. I'm all for it as long as it doesn't ruin the product.
  • taraji
    well I hated the 2nd Movie, but If thye actually have a story to tell for the third Movie, a good script and all, I'll show up.
  • janet
    I think it would be a good opportunity for them to make up for 2 and with the advancements in special effects it could be really great but only if they have a decent script. I don't think it would take a lot for it to be better then the sequel.
  • avoidz
    The first one was good fun; the second one was just shit. Send the third MiB straight to video. Please.
  • http://truthoncinema.com Dan
    It's getting a little old every week hearing about another older movie possibly being remade or continued on...although, I would like to see another installment of this franchise. What it is about revisiting movies 5-10 years down the road with some proposed fresh look? Does Hollywood get consumer reports on audiences wanting to see cheesy sci-fi comedies more? Is Hollywood trying to go back to the simpler days of summer films that made people feel good in the end? (contrast that to Smith's "I Am Legend") In the end, I would probably still pay at least $1 to see the 3rd installment.
  • Bert De Vasure
    This may be a waste of time but here goes. I stopped reading the other comments because they do not follow the theme. It does not matter what they have planned. At this point, in the MIB history, it would be best for The Princess to come back to earth with her mother and they both marry the team. (The Princess has her planet to make a transporter that lets them travel back and forth to Earth. Fill in the blanks and keep Politics out of the movie.)

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