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Men in Black III is proving difficult to make without a script

Feb. 15, 2011by:

It seemed pretty clear that MEN IN BLACK II just started with a basic story framework, put Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones back in the dark suits and shades, and hoped some magic would happen.

It kinda didn't, but that would appear to be the same process on MEN IN BLACK III. But after being apart since 2002, the duo and director Barry Sonnenfeld may have fallen further out of step.

Just last week, Jones publicly admitted he had no idea what the plotline of MIB3 is, and said "There are vast pieces of the script yet unwritten." 

And now the production has reportedly been delayed again (after already taking a two-month break from shooting) due to "ongoing script issues". LA Times says writer Jeff Nathanson (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) is currently performing surgery on the screenplay after two (credited) writers previously worked on it.

It's fairly standard for high-paid "script doctors" to come in mid-production and attempt to salvage big-budget tentpole movies -- plenty of which begin with a script that's then constantly tinkered, tweaked or completely rewritten on the fly (go read some William Goldman or check out the recent documentary TALES FROM THE SCRIPT for some distressing insight into how Hollywood handles writers and their work).

But this time around, Smith (whose star power is far greater than the last time he deneuralized) has supposedly grown increasingly dissatisfied, and new addition Josh Brolin (as a young Kay) has grumbled about the project's delays. Can things possibly come together into something even moderately entertaining?

Either way, the movie (in 3D, of course!) is still due in theaters May 25, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Do you care if MIB3 exists?
Source: LA Times

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10:35PM on 02/16/2011

Never...

never liked it. Never will. Yet H'wood keeps beating the dead f'n horse that it is...
never liked it. Never will. Yet H'wood keeps beating the dead f'n horse that it is...
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8:33PM on 02/16/2011

If it's anything like 2, I hope it dies.

This a flick I could care less about. Sure maybe it will be clever & have some good writing. I'm sorry I can't say that w/a straight face, I bet it's a paycheck & will be forgettable right when you're watching it.
This a flick I could care less about. Sure maybe it will be clever & have some good writing. I'm sorry I can't say that w/a straight face, I bet it's a paycheck & will be forgettable right when you're watching it.
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2:24PM on 02/16/2011
I read the title to this page and thought I was on the onion website for a minute.
I read the title to this page and thought I was on the onion website for a minute.
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1:48PM on 02/16/2011
If it hadn't been for the steaming pile that was MiB 2, I might be excited for this. Josh Brolin as a young K is intriguing, but only a little bit.
If it hadn't been for the steaming pile that was MiB 2, I might be excited for this. Josh Brolin as a young K is intriguing, but only a little bit.
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8:40AM on 02/16/2011

Mike Tyson in MIB3?

During this interview Tyson says he'll be filming scenes for MIB3

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So I take it they're moving along even without a finished script

BTW I like Brolin and he's hardly box office poison, Hex just happened to suck that's all. Remember that Brolin was also in the very successful True Grit
During this interview Tyson says he'll be filming scenes for MIB3

[link]

So I take it they're moving along even without a finished script

BTW I like Brolin and he's hardly box office poison, Hex just happened to suck that's all. Remember that Brolin was also in the very successful True Grit
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5:37AM on 02/16/2011
The first movie was a sci-fi thriller with some humoristic flavour. In the second one they just boosted the humor elements, wich I think was just wrong.
Even Danny Elfman sounded cheap and unfunny.
Hope this time they find the recipe again.

Maybe Brolin is blockbuster poison and the "jonah hex" case strikes again.
The first movie was a sci-fi thriller with some humoristic flavour. In the second one they just boosted the humor elements, wich I think was just wrong.
Even Danny Elfman sounded cheap and unfunny.
Hope this time they find the recipe again.

Maybe Brolin is blockbuster poison and the "jonah hex" case strikes again.
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3:01AM on 02/16/2011
I want a good film, or don't bother. Why couldn't they just hire a writer to write a great script before they started filming anything? Duh!!
I want a good film, or don't bother. Why couldn't they just hire a writer to write a great script before they started filming anything? Duh!!
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2:32AM on 02/16/2011
This is a disaster.
This is a disaster.
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1:44AM on 02/16/2011
At least they're not rebooting!
At least they're not rebooting!
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11:41PM on 02/15/2011
A movie in production and shooting without a full script? Well, that's a first now ain't it?
A movie in production and shooting without a full script? Well, that's a first now ain't it?
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11:36PM on 02/15/2011
The first was fun, the second was one of the worst sequels I've seen. I just don't know what you can do with a third movie that would get me into a theater to see it. Nothing I've heard about this project seems interesting.
The first was fun, the second was one of the worst sequels I've seen. I just don't know what you can do with a third movie that would get me into a theater to see it. Nothing I've heard about this project seems interesting.
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11:31PM on 02/15/2011

This has fail written all over it.

And everyone involved should know better.
And everyone involved should know better.
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11:28PM on 02/15/2011

Loved the first one but . . .

Not even Rosario Dawson could save the sequel, and it sounds like no one learned anything from that crapfest. There's no hope for this film. Pass.
Not even Rosario Dawson could save the sequel, and it sounds like no one learned anything from that crapfest. There's no hope for this film. Pass.
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11:24PM on 02/15/2011

".....I Could Be Agent M"

I just wish someone could "Neuralize" me to the fact that Men In Black 2 (AND Wild Wild West...for that matter) even happened!
I just wish someone could "Neuralize" me to the fact that Men In Black 2 (AND Wild Wild West...for that matter) even happened!
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11:16PM on 02/15/2011

Well...

DUH!
DUH!
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11:16PM on 02/15/2011
Extra Tidbit: No, I do not.
Extra Tidbit: No, I do not.
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