– by Nick Doll

The Men In Black are returning after all. Unfortunately, it is neither in the form of a sequel, or the MIB/21 Jump Street crossover Sony was mulling over a few years ago.

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has fast tracked a spinoff of the franchise, that everyone forgets is based on a comic book. Sony has set May 17, 2019 as a release date for the film, which is being scripted by Matt Holloway & Art Marcum. This is good and bad news, as this writing pair wrote the script to Iron Man, but more recently the script for Transformers: The Last Knight.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not expected to reprise their roles as Agent J and Agent K, but the film is said to acknowledge and build upon the world built in the first three MIB films that the pair starred in. The idea is for this new MIB spinoff to be akin to Jurassic World which was a soft-reboot that expanded the Jurassic Park franchise. The film focuses on new characters chasing alien villains on more of a global scale than the first three films.

Producer Walter F. Parkes had this to say about the project:

“It’s so rare to get to the end of the script and know you’re holding a movie in your hands, but Art and Matt have written a spinoff that somehow is true to the core of the MIB world and yet expands the franchise to a fresh new place.”

Are you excited for more Men In Black? Does this new global approach sound appealing to you, or is it not a MIB film without Smith and Jones (or Josh Brolin)? Would you rather see 21 Jump Street‘s Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill don the black suits and sunglasses? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Deadline