Here’s the sequel no one wanted or asked for. Sony has hired screenwriter Oren Uziel to write a screenplay for the fourth installment in the Men in Black film series. While Men In Black 3 was a better movie than Men in Black 2, it didn’t seem like audiences were anticipating the series to continue after three movies.
According to The Wrap, Men in Black 3 grossed almost $100 million domestically, but earned an amazing $620 million overseas. Its box office earnings have made Men in Black 3 the highest-grossing movie in the film series. From Sony’s point of view, that makes Men in Black 4 a no-brainer.
It’s unclear if Will Smith would return for another sequel, which raises the point: is there any point of a Men in Black 4 without him? Smith’s apprehension to return for the Independence Day sequels — ID: Forever Parts 1 & 2 — was one of the reasons why that film was delayed for so long. Considering that it was 10 years between Men in Black 2 and 3, there’s no telling when the fourth film in the series would be released.
Oren Uziel will be also be re-writing the script for the upcoming 21 Jump Street sequel with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum for Sony. He wrote the screenplay for the very popular Mortal Kombat: Rebirth in 2010, which is being developed into a feature film in 2014.
While Men in Black 3 is a solid enough film, it just seems like a very tedious film series to continue at this point. Perhaps if they bring in a younger cast with a new premise, maybe something interesting could emerge, but considering that the last two sequels were tepid at best, it doesn’t seem likely. Don’t you wish they could flash your memories, so we could forget that this ever happened?