A Men in Black spinoff starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson is in the works. This is a franchise that has had the same director on board from the very beginning, with Barry Sonnenfeld at the helm for all three Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones-starring Men in Black films.
However, with this upcoming spinoff, Sonnenfeld will not be commandeering this time around. Instead, Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray will be taking over. But is there any specific reason why Sonnenfeld opted not to direct? Speaking with INSIDER, the filmmaker gave a very simple explanation as to why.
“The producers and I don’t really get along. It didn’t seem like it was something any of us wanted to do. After Men in Black 3, it was pretty clear that Will and Tommy and I had sort of decided we didn’t want to do any more of those. It was a lot of fun. And I loved working with Will and Tommy. But they worked too hard and too long. We all just wanted to move on.”
Sonnenfeld hasn’t exactly been complacent. He’s executive produced two solid series in The Tick and A Series of Unfortunate Events, with him serving as director for most of the episodes in the most recent season of the latter. While Men in Black may be his most well-known franchise, he’s doing plenty fine without it.
What do you hope to see from Men in Black now the baton has officially been passed off to a whole new creative team? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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