It seems the Men in Black aren’t dead. They just went home for a little while.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the franchise’s producers were asked about upcoming projects, including their hopes for more Men in Black. And the answer was quite positive, though they offered little concrete details.
“We’re in the middle of [talks],” Walter Parkes said when asked if he and Laurie MacDonald were discussing a potential revival of Men in Black at Sony. “It’s very active.”
However, Parkes also said that star Will Smith would “most likely” not be involved, while MacDonald clarified that a new Men in Black would be “reinvented as a trilogy.” Unfortunately, “reinvented” doesn’t explicitly clarify whether the new films would be reboots in a new universe or new stories told in the same continuity.
Sony had no comment on Parkes and MacDonald’s remarks about a new MIB. The last and third Men in Black film released on 2012 with stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones returning alongside newcomer Josh Brolin. It grossed $624 million globally, but failed to equal the takes of the first two films at the North American box office.
There have been other recent signs that Sony had continued interest in the franchise — reports earlier this year, as well as details from the leaked Sony emails, indicated Sony had been considering a Men in Black and Jump Street crossover. And as recently as 2013, EW had confirmed Sony was interested in producing another Men in Black film.
For more from Parkes and MacDonald, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.