Third Sighting of ‘Men in Black’

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July 22, 2010 by Chris Reynolds

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in "Men in Black."

Here come the “Men in Black”… again. Estimated time of arrival is May 2012, and some familiar agents are signing up for round 3.

Will Smith (I am Legend) sounds as though he is back on duty as Agent J, and although reports are a bit dodgey, it appears Tommy Lea Jones (No Country for Old Men) is back in black as well as Agent K. However, it may turn out his role is limited.

According to an MTV report (via the Hollywood Reporter) the new MIB film has the shaded agents going back in time to 1969, when agent K was young, and in trouble… big trouble.

It appears this is the main conflict in the film. And with younger K played by Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex), it may be that Jones doesn’t get much face time in this adventure.

This choice of actor strikes me as odd, because even though it takes place about 40 years in the past, Brolin is only 22 years younger than Jones… Interesting.

Not to mention the whole time travel thing could be dicey territory. But with a movie rooted in science fiction, although mainly the alien kind, this could work for them.

Director of the first two “MIB” flicks, Barry Sonnenfeld, returns to help the boys fight some time travel… alien… things. It will be good to retain that classic MIB feel through Sonnenfeld, especially during this very different plot event.

Another interesting bit of news from Joblo (via Den of Geek) indicates that the main villain will be played by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords). Not to mention a few character cameos are set to take place in the 1969 setting, including a part written for someone to play guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix.

Overall the plot line sounds a bit shaky for now, but only time will tell us how much it changes.

What do you think of all this? A third movie? Time travel? I want to know what you have to say.

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