It's been seven years since the final installment of the original One in Black trilogy came out, and this past weekend, Sony revived the franchise with Men In Black International starring Thor: Ragnarok duo Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Involved in all parties involved with this spinoff, failed to impress either critically or commercially, opening a more $ 30 million domestically in the laughter category.
Well, much like the Hellboy reboot, apparently But In Black International didn't have the smoothest production. THR has provided details on all the troubles that occurred during the spinoff, which included the script being changed during filming and director F. Gary Gray leaving almost the project
It all started when Sony decided it didn't want to move forward with the long-talked-about Men in Black / Jump Street crossover after producer Neal Moritz (who was one of the main people behind the Fast and Furious franchise until recently) refused to play ball. Since bringing back Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith for One in Black 4 was deemed "expensive and not as forward-looking proposition," the studio decided to go the spinoff / reboot route.
Sony reportedly believed that Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson's star power would be enough to bring in new fans, and one insider described Art Marcum and Matt Holloway's Men In Black International script as "good," hence why Hemsworth and Thompson agreed to star in the movie in the first place. After David Beaubaire, the Sony executive who'd been overseeing Men In Black International exited the studio last summer, F. Gary Gray and producer Walter Parkes, who had a hand in the first One Black movie, started clashing
Supposedly early drafts of One In Black International was "edgier and more timely," and the story was in the current debate surrounding immigration. There was even a point where a Beatles-like music group was the villains, and the four members would eventually get into one being.
Evidently these stories don't meet Walter Parkes approval, as he oversaw rewrites during preproduction and production . New pages were delivered to the daily daily, the rewrites stripped away, some of which were considered "more modern sensibilities," and Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson ended up hiring their own dialogue writers.
Walter Parkes also stepped in to direct Men In Black International on a few occasions, and F. Gary Gray tried to exit the projects several times, but was convinced to say.
Dark Phoenix Men In Black International did not have a rough postproduction, as there were no major reshoots or public test screenings. However, two versions of the movie were tested for friends and family: F. Gary Gray's cut and Walter Parkes cut. Ultimately Parkes' cut was chosen because he had the final say.
It was also mentioned that Sony did not provide any guidance when Walter Parkes and F. Gary Gray were feuding. A source describing the studio as an "absentee landlord," and Sony chief Tom Rothman took steps to ensure that its exposure was "limited."
Assuming all this information is legitimate, and more timely ”version of Men In Black International looked like. Hindsight is 20/20, but if that version of the movie had been released instead, maybe it could have had a lot more success than the product delivered to the masses. to check out the movie
Which brings us to Men In Black International 's post-release, where the movie ranks at just 25% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and has so far made close to $ 104 million worldwide. With numbers like that, it's highly unlikely that International will get a sequel. That being said, one of the sources expects that the One in a Black franchise will be revised again through another movie, as a TV series or through a streaming service, so one shouldn't look at a franchise killer just yet.