Back in September, producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald revealed that their languishing sequel Men in Black 4 will actually reinvent the entire franchise, with plans for a new reboot trilogy. The producers also revealed that original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will likely not be back to reprise their roles as Agent J and Agent K, but very little is known about the story at this time. The producers recently spoke with BBC News Beat, where Laurie MacDonald revealed that they are eyeing a "prominent" female character to become a new agent.
"There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film]."
Back in May 2013, screenwriter Oren Uziel signed on to write the screenplays for both Men in Black 4 and 22 Jump Street, which was released last year. Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed that the studio was considering a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover, but that still hasn't come to fruition yet. Both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones weren't expected to come back for the crossover either, but Walter F. Parkes teased that Will Smith may actually return.
"Never count Will out."
It isn't known if Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are still developing the sequel from Oren Uziel's script, or if they have brought on a new screenwriter. Also unknown is whether or not director Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first three Men in Black movies, will come back for this rebooted trilogy. Walter F. Parkes added that it is still early in the development process, but they look forward to revisiting this world.
"We are quite early on in it. We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. We tried to tell a story about those two characters and that relationship. It sounds silly because it's a fun, science fiction comedy but when you work on these things you sort of try to find some thematic basis underneath it. Now we are looking at a reinvention. But it's a wonderful world to get back into."
The original Men In Black introduced Linda Fiorentino as Laurel Weaver, who became an MIB at the end of the movie, but she did not return for the sequels Men In Black II or Men in Black 3. Who do you think should play this "prominent" female agent in Men in Black 4? We'll keep you posted as soon as we have any official details regarding this sci-fi sequel.