Oh, dear, sweet Hollywood. I hate fighting with you. I try so hard to make you happy and all you do is stomp on my heart. I say I want more original movies and you say, here’s another version of Spider-Man. I hope for some new and amazing horror movies – you give me a second reboot of a Nightmare on Elm Street. I tell you there are some really amazing new comic books out there begging for a film adaptation… you give me a remake of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It’s almost like you are TRYING to make me mad.
And you just won’t stop, will you? So fine, go on and reboot Men in Black. I guess it’s what you’re best at…
Commentary aside, there’s some breaking news for all of you out there in the Nation… As per a recent interview from The Hollywood Reporter, producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald revealed they are in “active development” on a reinvented Men in Black trilogy without Will Smith.
To break down that fancy producer talk, they are rebooting the movies without Will Smith. And because everything has to be a trilogy, the new-new Men in Black will be a trilogy. Said Captain Obvious.
The article linked from THR does not go into the rumored 21 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover which would see Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s characters go from college to Men in Black agents, nor does it mention any returning actors other than Will Smith (what about Tommy Lee Jones?). Just a simple, off the cuff statement that they are reinventing, in deep development, and wanting a trilogy. All three obvious statements, checked off.
If you haven’t guessed, I’m not too thrilled by this news. I get the business behind it all; it’s a pretty powerful and recognizable brand with a lot of possibilities. Heck, the one possibility I did enjoy was the idea of crossing over with 21 Jump Street. That sounds crazy enough to work. It also honored the wink, wink, nudge, nudge humor established in Jump Street. A remake or reboot or reinvention proves once again that Hollywood is out of ideas.
In the end, I would have been happier with a continuation of the series with an all new cast. The idea of a remake, in my mind at least, makes little to no sense when you consider the world already established. Remakes/Reboots, by definition, retell the story with all new actors and FX. Do we really have to sit through another story about a talented cop/government official brought into the MIB headquarters, told there are aliens out there, who then leaves his/her old life behind? Because that’s the gist of the core concept that I DO NOT need to see again.
At the end of the day, fair citizens of GeekNation, Hollywood will continue to reboot every popular IP until there are none left. All the while, a very small fraction of original material will make it through… But as I said, a very small fraction. Here’s hoping the bubble will burst and audiences will demand for better. Here’s hoping a regime change will take place at all the studios where the original idea will be embraced for the enjoyment of movie lovers everywhere.
But that’s a tall order at this juncture. Now can someone grab that MIB neuralizer and make me forget about this idea. Great. Thanks.
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