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‘Men in Black’ Returns in 2019; Gray a Choice to Direct

It appears that the Men in Black are……back.  Deadline is reporting that the comedy sci-fi franchise, which enjoyed massive box office success beginning in 1997, is scheduled to hit theaters once again in 2019.  They also report that F. Gary Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton) is being sought to direct the film, which is said to be a new film in the Men in Black universe and not necessarily a direct sequel.

Men in Black opened in 1997 to huge crowds and mammoth ticket sales, and enjoyed two sequels along the way.  The last sequel, Men in Black 3, premiered in 2012 and would represent the final cinematic team-up of its two leading men, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.  Sony, which is coming off another huge reboot success with Jumanji, is hoping the same success can follow the MIB franchise into the future.  This opportunity presents a possible clean slate for the story about covert government agents working to keep the presence of Earth’s aliens under wraps.  Neither Smith nor Jones is expected to be back, so Gray will most likely be working with a crew of young up-and-coming actors who can carve out their own niche. read more

Director of ‘I Am Legend’ Wishes He Made a More Faithful Adaptation of the Novel

Were you disappointed with the most recent adaptation of Richard Matheson’s seminal vampire apocalypse tale I am Legend?  Well, it turns out that the director of the film agrees with you!

In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, director Francis Lawrence admitted that he would have preferred making a more faithful adaptation of Matheson’s novel.  Lawrence told Screen Rant that “…we could have just done basically the story of the novella straight up and made the same amount of money in terms of ticket sales because people went I think for the last man on earth. They would have accepted the nihilistic ending, they would have accepted vampires instead of people with infections.” read more

If You Want Creatures In Your “Training Day,” “Bright” Is For You

Netflix has come to San Diego Comic-Con and brought with them some serious star power! At the “Bright” panel, Terry Crews moderated with stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Édgar Ramírez, and director David Ayer.

Regarding the new original Netflix film, even though this has more of a fantasy element Ayer said “it’s about a really fucked-up LA.” The trailer and clips that were shown definitely indicate some clear associations to the current social issues happening right now. Monster racism and social injustice are a big part of the theme here. Smith also noted that this film has the “rated R grime of training day smashed with Lord of the Rings.” The clips shown and panel discussion resonated loud and clear with the SDCC Hall H crowd and this is definitely a film many will be looking forward to viewing. read more