Don’t be adding it to IMDB yet film fans, it’s reportedly “very early days”, and “nobody has signed for anything yet” but we’ve word today that Tony Vinciquerra and the troupe at Culver City are reportedly trying to coax Will Smith into a reboot of “Men in Black”.
Admitting that the rumor is now a “couple of months old” (so it might just as likely have gone away..), a tipster tells us that the positive buzz on Sony’s “Ghostbusters Afterlife” has encouraged the studio to develop a new “Men in Black” that would be cut from the same cloth as Jason Reitman’s ‘Next Gen’ style November release.
Nobody is officially onboard the film yet, markedly Smith, but it’s believed that the new film would feature a similar set-up to the new “Ghostbusters” – with Smith’s veteran MIB passing the over to some new younger (possibly related) recruits.
Sony’s last “Men in Black”, 2019’s “Men in Black : International” was a box office flop and received generally awful reviews from critics who, though praising Chris Hemwsorth and Tessa Thompson’s chemistry, pounced on the film’s lackluster script. The film reportedly didn’t even break even at the box-office, considering hefty marketing and ancillary marketing revenue.
Sony were able to coax Will Smith back for a third “Bad Boys”, will a new “Men in Black” appeal to him as much?