"Men in Black" Moving Ahead Without Will Smith
If you're a "Men in Black" fan, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that more movies are on the way. The bad news is, Will Smith probably won't be in them.
It's not clear if anyone will be back, because the producers are using the dreaded "R" word . . . reboot. And they're planning a new trilogy.
There have been rumours of a cross-over between the "Men in Black" and "Jump Street" franchises, but they didn't say anything about that this time.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes, who were promoting the documentary He Named Me Malala, said the MIB revival is “very active” even though it will likely move forward without Will Smith. Smith has said he feels he’s appeared in enough MIB films, and is quite ready to hand over the memory-wiping and sunglasses to someone else.
MacDonald and Parkes didn’t comment on whether Tommy Lee Jones or Josh Brolin would return, but since the first two movies were Brolin-less and the third movie ran low on screen time for Jones, the producers could just move forward with that 21 Jump Street crossover. MacDonald and Parkes also revealed that Smith had (unintentionally) stymied their plans for a movie about concussions and professional football; the pair had been developing a “head-injury project” for HBO, but were beaten to the punch by Smith’s Concussion film. Should they want revenge, we suggest teaming up with Martin Lawrence on those Bad Boys sequels Smith isn’t sure he wants to be a part of either.