For a while now, Sony's been trying to figure out what to do with their once-popular, now-dormant Men In Black franchise. There was talk of bringing original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones back, then there was talk of crossing the series over with the 21 Jump Street franchise, and now - after much back and forth - it would seem that an approach has finally been decided upon.
According to Deadline, F. Gary Gray is the studio's choice to helm the picture, and a June 14th, 2019 release date is already on the books. Furthermore, this will be a "reimagining" of the franchise's original premise, which means no Will Smith, no Tommy Lee Jones, and no bizarro crossover involving Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. That's everything we know at this time.
So, how do we feel about it? Well, the Men In Black franchise was built on a strong conceptual foundation. Theoretically, there's all kinds of stuff you could do with the "secret agents saving the world from goofy aliens" premise, and Gray has definitely acquitted himself as a director who knows how to deliver big, fun tentpole stuff (see also: The Italian Job, The Fate of The Furious). Cast this thing correctly and you could have something very fun on your hands.
Hit the comments below to make your casting recommendations (if we're recasting Will Smith's role, I'd like to put in a shout-out for Jay Pharoah), and stay tuned for more on the Men In Black reboot as it becomes available.