F. Gary Gray is in negotiations to helm Sony’s spinoff of the property, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The film will follow new characters, rather than Agents K and J, played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in the original films. The approach is described as being akin to Universal’s 2015 film Jurassic World, which revived the Jurassic Park franchise not as a straight reboot, but did bring on new characters that somewhat acknowledged what came before.
Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum have written a script.
The first Men in Black film (1997) made $589 million at the global box office and led to two sequels with Jones and Smith — one in 2002 and one a decade later in 2012. The entire franchise has made more than $1.5 billion globally.
Gray is coming off a huge hit with last year’s Fate of the Furious, which earned $1.2 billion worldwide. His 2015 film Straight Outta Compton was a commercial and critical hit.
Producers include Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing for Sony.
Gray is repped by United Talent Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment, and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.
The spinoff is slated to launch June 14, 2019.