It looks like Agents Kay and Jay will not return for a potential Men in Black 4. According to Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the original movie released in 1997, in order to bring back the alien-busting franchise, the studio needs to bring a new cast and crew.
New Agents for Men in Black 4
There were initial plans at Sony to revive the franchise a couple of years ago. The studio reportedly wanted Men in Black to crossover to its other successful movie franchise 21 Jump Street. However, plans did not push through.
Sonnenfeld argued that there are just way too many expensive talents involved in a Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover or even in Men in Black 4 for any of it to happen. Speaking to Digital Spy, the director explained that a fourth installment to the comedy/action franchise is just not possible right now.
“[T]here are too many expensive players in the mix.” he stated. “There’s Spielberg, there’s other producers, and I think the way to do it is to have new agents or something like that.”
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starred in all three movies. Sony released Men in Black 3 five years ago. Smith went on to headline a number of blockbuster movies including last year’s Suicide Squad. Jones also moved on and starred in other successful movie franchises. While it would be nice to see the two in action as Agents Kay and Jay, bringing them back to the franchise will not be cheap.
So, Sonnenfeld sees one solution to keep the franchise going: bringing in new actors and a new director to helm the fourth installment. He even went on to say that he insist that the franchise move forward without him, Smith and Jones. “Just have other adventures,” he added.
A Brilliant Idea?
The discussion about a potential crossover between Men in Black and 21 Jump Street actually started as a joke. Jonah Hill who plays a cop alongside Channing Tatum in the Jump Street franchise came up with the idea. By August last year, reports claim that there already is a script and a director was already attached to the project.
However, as Sonnenfeld pointed out, it would be an expensive project. There is also a chance that none of the original actors will show up. Moreover, Men in Black and 21 Jump Street are very different movies. It is still a mystery how the Kay and Jay will cross paths with Scmidt and Jenko.
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