Tropic Thunder's Etan Cohen Writing Men in Black 3 for Sony
by Alex Billington
October 29, 2009
This is also official confirmation that Sony is moving forward on making Men in Black 3, eyeing a start date in 2010 that "could go as soon as the spring." THR's Risky Biz Blog reports that Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen has been hired to write the script. Word is that Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first two, might be back. Thought they're unsure whether Will Smith will return or not, even though the buzz is that he's apparently interested and doesn't have another "go" movie lined up anyway. I'd hope they don't decide to make this without him, as it just wouldn't be the same. Tommy Lee Jones' involvement is also uncertain.
Ed Solomon wrote the script for the first Men in Black, which hit in 1997, and Robert Gordon and Barry Fanaro wrote the second, which hit in 2002. Combined, those two earned around $1.1 billion worldwide. Apparently Etan Cohen is "deep into his draft," which THR is saying implies that the studio still wants to "continue the franchise's top-tier status." Why wouldn't they? Anyway, I loved the first one, didn't really like the second one much, but will say I am looking forward to a third one. As long as the story is better, funnier, and still holds true to the concept of the original movie (and comic book that it's based on), I'm all for it.