9:35am PT by Aaron Couch, Mia Galuppo
'Men in Black' Spinoff: F. Gary Gray in Talks to Direct
The Men in Black may have found their next boss.
F. Gary Gray is in negotiations to helm Sony's spinoff of the property, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The film will follow new characters, rather than Agents K and J, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, respectively, in the original films. The approach is described as being akin to Universal's 2015 film Jurassic World, which revived the Jurassic Park franchise not as a straight reboot but brought on new characters that somewhat acknowledged what came before.
Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum have written a script.
The first Men in Black film made $589 million at the global box office in 1997 and led to two sequels with Jones and Smith — one in 2002 and one a decade later in 2012. The entire franchise has made more than $1.5 billion worldwide.
Gray is coming off a huge hit with last year's Fate of the Furious, which earned $1.2 billion globally. His 2015 film Straight Outta Compton also was a commercial and critical hit.
Producers include Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, with Steven Spielberg executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing for Sony.
Gray is repped by United Talent Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.
The spinoff is slated to open June 14, 2019.