Air New Zealand likes to have a lot of fun with their passenger safety videos. They're most famous for their Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in-flight tutorials. But now they're back with a decidedly different franchise helping out. We don't exactly get to see Agents J and K, but Men In Black have returned. Hopefully your experience on Air New Zealand is nice enough that they don't have to Neuralize you.
Attempting to promote the fact that visiting New Zealand isn't all about disappearing into Middle Earth, the country's leading airline also wants you to know that they dig Rugby and one of the greatest sci-fi comedy franchises of all-time. And they've called upon some very special guests to help out in this latest inflight safety video. That includes an appearance from MIB head agent Zed, with Rip Torn once again reprising his iconic role.
The video was created in partnership with Sony Pictures. Here, the All Blacks (New Zealand's leading Rugby Team) take on a new challenge. Buckle up as the nation's boys in black take you through the ins and outs of safety with the help of Stan Walker, Rip Torn and even Frank the Pug, who was mysteriously absent from Men in Black 3. Plus, keep an eye out for some inter-galactic rugby cameos from David Campese, Martin Johnson and Agustin Pichot.
The video certainly helps keep the Men In Black franchise in everyone's minds as Sony contemplates how to move forward with the series. There was a ten year gap between Men In Black II and Men in Black 3, and while the studio has contemplated moving forward with Men in Black 4, that idea has never been green lit by the studio. Sony recently announced their upcoming slate of films, which includes Bad Boys 3 for 2017 and Bad Boys 4 for 2014. Will Smith has yet to be confirmed as the star of those sequels, but he will be contributing in some capacity. If he does not appear on screen, he will serve as a producer.
Though Men in Black 4 has not been announced for the near future, there has been talk that Sony will completely reboot the franchise. Another possibility is a crossover with 21 Jump Street. That movie is officially in development, but it has not gotten green lit or been given a release date either. While it's believed that both Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will return to reprise their roles as Jenko and Schmidt, its highly unlikely that either Tommy Lee Jones or Will Smith will show up, and if they do, it will only be for a cameo. While we await news on Men in Black 4 or the Men In Black/Jump Street crossover we at least have this official Men In Black Air New Zealand Safety Video.