*Sony Pictures is reportedly fast-tracking a spin-off of its billion dollar grossing alien franchise, “Men In Black,” reports Deadline.com.
The studio is circling a May 17, 2019 release date for an as-yet-untitled film that has a script by Matt Holloway & Art Marcum, the writers of “Iron Man” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not expected to return, but the film acknowledges and builds on the world they inhabited, notes Deadline.
Holloway & Marcum’s script is reportedly a contemporary sci-fi story about the secret black clad force that protects earth from the alien scum of the universe, focusing on new characters chasing villains that put the picture on more of a global scale than the two previous films.
The spin-off film is being produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. They are actively involved right now in meeting with top directors and expect to land one quickly.