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MEN IN BLACK 4 is Officially in the Works

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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While awaiting for Oren Uziel’s rewrite on the 21 Jump Street sequel, Sony has also tapped the screenwriter to write another installment in the Men in Black franchise. Little is known about the story for Men in Black 4, though the studio was apparently pleased enough with Uziel’s pitch to give him the go-ahead. It’s not clear at this time just how involved Will Smith will be with a fourth film, and there are currently no deals for either Josh Brolin or Emma Thompson to return. Men in Black 3 went on to earn a franchise-best $624 million, so the studio is understandably eager to get another film in development. Uziel, however, will have to finish his draft on the 21 Jump Street sequel first, which Sony has already slated for a June 6, 2014 release.

The official logline for 21 Jump Street 2 is being kept under wraps, but the report has stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters “graduating from high school hijinx to collegiate crime. Ice Cube is also expected to reprise his role as their no-nonsense boss.” Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return for the sequel, but they’re busy wrapping Warner Bros. The Lego Movie and have passed script draft duties on to Uziel.

Sony is developing Uziel’s monster mash-up movie The Kitchen Sink, which was voted to the 2010 Black List. The plot centers on a pair of teens who form an unlikely alliance with vampires and zombies in order to take on a army of invading aliens. Uziel also scripted director Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Rebirth digital series and has been tapped to pen the Mortal Kombat feature reboot, again with Tancharoen directing. Lastly, Uziel has been tasked with adapting the Chuck Klosterman novel, Downtown Owl for a 2014 release. What a ball hog!

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