You could probably make a pretty fun movie by cutting together footage from all the different films that feature actors playing Andy Warhol — his own I’m Not There, as it might become. If you wait a few months you’d be able to add Bill Hader‘s performance, which looks, physically at least, to be pretty spot-on. This is from Men in Black III, the troubled Barry Sonnenfeld sequel starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. There has been no small amount of bad press about the film, much of it centered around the fact that no one could figure out what the movie is supposed to be, even after a big chunk had already been shot. But hey, at least Bill Hader looks pretty good as Warhol. Don’t expect his appearance in the film to add up to much more than an extended cameo, but I’ll take it. [more pics at Daily Mail via ComingSoon]
After the break, Jean Reno makes I, Alex Cross look good, and Alec Baldwin may not sing for Rock of Ages after all.
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We’ve seen dinosaur films, alien films, humans fighting aliens, humans fighting dinosaurs, Monsters vs. Aliens and, soon, we’ll see Cowboys and Aliens. However we’ve yet to see dinosaurs fighting aliens. And probably for good reason. But, that’s not stopping director Barry Sonnenfeld and comic book writer Grant Morrison from developing a graphic novel and movie idea called Dominion: Dinosaurs Versus Aliens. Morrison, best known for his work on All-Star Superman and Batman (and Doom Patrol, and The Invisibles, and New X-Men, and…), will write the graphic novel and script and Sonnenfeld, currently working on Men in Black 3, will direct. Read More »
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder in the up and down world that is production on Barry Sonnenfeld‘s 3D sequel Men in Black 3, a brand new cast member has been added during the production. Michael Stuhlbarg, best known for for his roles as New York gangster Arnold Rothstein on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and as the lead in the Coen Brothers’ 2009 film A Serious Man, has been cast as “Griffin,” a role that Sharlto Copley had previously been circling. Men In Black 3, which is currently in production, stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson and others. Read more about the role and this wild production the break. Read More »
Briefly: Here’s one more small problem for Men in Black 3. The film has been delayed multiple times, has shot one act of the film while the rest of the script is being reworked, and reportedly has a current screenwriter (David Koepp) working on the condition that he doesn’t have to engage at all with the film’s key producer, Walter Parkes. Now the movie has lost Alec Baldwin, who was set to play a small but key role. Read More »
Is Men in Black III a total oddity in the studio world or merely the next step in the lineage of films like the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels and Iron Man, which famously went into production without solid scripts in place? Men in Black III started production last November, but shooting started with only part of the script fully in place. A hiatus was built into the production, officially to make the most of New York tax incentives and weather conditions, but in reality more than half the script was still not finalized.
Things were meant to get back into gear last month, after Jeff Nathanson spent the hiatus getting the rest of the script knocked out. Then that hiatus was extended until the end of March and David Koepp was brought in to deal with the lingering script issues. Now the clock is ticking and Sony is in the very unusual position of having the first act of an unfinished script in the can. A new feature looks into the long, weird development of Men in Black III and suggests that conflicting personalities are turning an ungainly project into something that teeters on the brink of real failure. Read More »
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The production schedule for Men in Black III has been a strange thing. A lot of footage was shot for the film last year, then a built-in production break kicked in at Christmas. Originally Sony was going to get the movie back into gear last month, but creative problems pushed the new resume date back to March 28. Jeff Nathanson was hammering out issues with the script along with director Barry Sonnenfeld and others. Now David Koepp (Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, Indy IV) has been brought in to finish the job. Read More »
Remember a couple weeks ago when we told you that Barry Sonnenfeld had confirmed Will Smith for Men in Black III and that the film would be in 3D? Well, now those two facts are double-confirmed (slow news week) but Deadline offers a new tidbit of info: Sony has set the film for May 25, 2012. That’ll be a crowded summer: The Avengers hits May 4, Battleship also lands May 25, then Star Trek 2, Spider-Man and Batman 3 are all set for the weeks following.
Deadline says that Smith is the only one who has signed (again, repeating what we knew) and that Sony is in talks with Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin to get their contracts sealed. Deadline also offers that this one is getting into gear quickly, with Rick Baker already designing and building creatures, Bo Welch designing sets and David Koepp doing a last polish on Etan Cohen’s script. I’m always eager to see any new creature work from Rick Baker, but the 3D thing definitely lessens the appeal.
Straight from director Barry Sonnenfeld comes news that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are set to return for a third Men in Black picture and, in a move which will surprise precisely no-one, Sony will be releasing it in 3D.
The official line seems to be that while Smith and Jones have both agreed to reprise their Men in Black roles, only Smith has formally signed. I imagine that the studio will be very keen to get this one moving swiftly, and if they do so, the immediate casualty is likely to be The City That Sailed. Back in March, Peter reported on how Smith had come to a fork in the road, Men in Black in one direction, City in the other.
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Barry Sonnenfeld was low on the feature directorial radar for a while. In the last year, however, he’s frequently been in the trades with announcements of new projects, most of which are still in development. (Such as The How-To Guide For Saving the World and Swift , both with writer BenDavid Grabinski, and Men in Black 3.) Add another one to the pile. Dreamworks Animation is reportedly assigning Sonnenfeld a film called Pig Scrolls, which would be yet another tale of ancient Greece. Is the Greek Revival now officially a mini-fad? And where does this put Gil’s All Fright Diner, the last movie Sonnenfeld was developing for Dreamworks Animation? Read More »