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F. Gary Gray in Talks to Direct ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff for Sony Pictures

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Director F. Gary Gray attends "The Fate Of The Furious" New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, 2017 in New York City.
Director F. Gary Gray attends “The Fate Of The Furious” New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, 2017 in New York City.

*“Straight Outta Compton” and “The Fate of the Furious” director F. Gary Gray is reportedly in talks to helm a “Men in Black” spinoff for Sony Pictures.

According to Variety, the project was fast-tracked earlier this fall, setting Matt Holloway and Art Marcum to pen the script and dating a May 17, 2019, release date.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not reprise their roles in the film, which is meant to launch a new franchise with fresh talent. Sony had originally planned on combining the “Men in Black” and “21 Jump Street” franchises, but have since tabled that idea.

The original “Men in Black” starred Smith and Jones as agents of a secret organization called the Men in Black, which protected Earth from intergalactic bad guys. The first film was a blockbuster that produced two more sequels.

Sources tell Variety that the new leads will not be different versions of Smith’s Agent J and Jones’ Agent K, but rather completely new characters, with one of them likely to be a woman.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing the pic for Sony.

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