There is a consistent pattern of over-the-top disappointment, at the box office or otherwise: the limitation of damage via a finger-pointing item in trades. This happened with Suicide team. This happened with the Mum. It's happened recently with the Hellboy to restart. And now it's happened again – with Men In Black: International. the Men in black suite / reboot was greeted by mediocre reviews and a lukewarm box office, which means it's time for insiders to address the trade publications and try to explain what happened.
THR is the latest pub specializing in chess. Several anonymous initiates contacted THR, explaining in detail what looks like a troubled production. In fact, the problems started even before the film was born. The story goes that Sony found itself at a crossroads in 2016 regarding the Men in black franchise. They envisioned either a full reboot or a crossover movie with the 21 rue Jump franchise. But contractual problems caused the collapse of the crossover:
But when street Producer Neal Moritz refused to cut his pact for a dollar, according to several sources knowing the discussions and development of both projects, the studio has rotated and left Men in black to restart.
Sony could They then considered bringing back the stars of the original franchise, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, but this idea was seen as "an expensive and not prospective proposition," and new stars were brought. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, two very attractive, very charismatic actors who have already worked together in Thor: Ragnarok. Sony hoped that the Hemsworth and Thompson meeting would take advantage of the goodwill of Ragnarok.
And apparently, the scenario that brought the two actors to the project was good. "You do not attract Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson if the script is not good," says one insider:
"Early versions of the script were described as more pointed and timely, linking history to immigration ideas. At one point, a Beatles-based band had to be the bad guy, with four people blending into a bad guy. "
So, what has happened? This sounds like a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Director F. Gary Gray and producer Walter Parkes clashed over the vision of the film, and Parkes – who cut the film last – ended up rewriting much of the storyline, at once while production. Rewriters during filming are not entirely unknown in large productions like this, but they were apparently excessive MIB: Internationalto the point where they sowed confusion. On top of that, Hemsworth and Thompson ended up hiring their own personal dialogue writers.
Things are so bad that the director Gray "tried several times to leave the production but was convinced to stay near the studio". In the end, two sequences of the film are tested: one of Gray and one of Parkes. The Parkes version was finally chosen … and we all know how it went.
All this makes me curious to read the "more incisive and more timely" script that brought Hemsworth and Thompson to the project, to see what could have been. Alas, the quarrels behind the scenes between filmmakers and producers seem to be a major problem for Men in black franchise. In a recent interview with Vulture, Barry Sonnenfeld – who led the first three Men in black movies – says:
"Walter [Parkes] and [fellow producer] Laurie [MacDonald] and I did not get along well. I love them very much as people and if we have never worked together, I think we would be friends. But we all have a strong ego. After the third movie, there was no chance for Will, Tommy, or myself to do anything else. "
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