Following a disappointing third instalment, the future is a bit shaky for the Men in Blackfranchise. But could they be taking a page out of the book of the Ghostbusters remake and be looking to feature a female lead?
Although Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones headed up the original trilogy, it seems that producers Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes have plans to shake things up for the next one. Speaking to the BBC, they revealed their latest plan for the next film is that “There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film],” MacDonald told BBC Newsbeat.
As early as the end of the first film, the franchise has flirted with the idea of having a female agent take the lead. It looked like Linda Fiorentino would team with Will Smith in the sequel, but her character was written out with a line of dialogue instead.
When asked about the possibility of Will Smith making a return, Parkes added “Never count Will out.” Talking about his work on the trilogy, and the connection Smith and Jones had, Parkes said “We tried to tell a story about those two characters and that relationship,” adding “It sounds silly because it’s a fun, science fiction comedy but when you work on these things you sort of try to find some thematic basis underneath it.”
Parkes had recently seemed unsure on Smiths return, and we’ve heard all sorts of rumours about the franchise’s return, from sequel to reboot to even a wacky idea of a crossover with the 21 Jump Street team. Now that we would like to see.