The Fate of the Furious director in talks to helm Men in Black spin-off
F. Gary Gray is moving fast and furious on Men in Black. The director behind Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious is currently in talks to get behind the camera for the Sony franchise’s upcoming spin-off, EW has learned.
The untitled film has been compared to Jurassic World in that it will further build upon the Men in Black franchise and give it a more global scale. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starred as the alien-policing agents in the first three Men in Black movies, but the plan reportedly is to focus on new characters.
At one point during the years of talk about another Men in Black, producer Laurie MacDonald promised in 2015 that there would be a “prominent Woman in Black.”
Matt Holloway and Art Marcum wrote a draft of the script that intrigued the studio enough to schedule a release. Once set for theaters on May 19, 2019, the spin-off will now open on June 14, 2019.
Gray directed films like A Man Apart and The Italian Job before Straight Outta Compton, but it was his acclaimed N.W.A. biopic that gave him a career boost and led him to break into the Fast and Furious franchise.
Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, while Steven Spielberg is attached as an executive producer.
The studio had previously been developing a crossover event between 21 Jump Street and Men in Black, though movement on that front has been stagnant.