Hollywood’s been buzzing like noisy crickets about Men in Black III… and not the good kind of buzz, either. It seems that shooting on the 3D threequel has been repeatedly delayed, mid-production no less, on the upcoming Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith sci-fi caper. The Los Angeles Times reports that the break in the film’s shooting schedule was originally planned to capitalize on tax breaks and allow for weather changes vital to the film’s time traveling plot, but has been significantly extended due to ongoing script problems. Yikes.
Men in Black III will follow Agents J (Smith) and K (Jones) as they travel back in time to prevent a young K (Josh Brolin) from being assassinated a villainous scheme to change the future. The script, originally penned by Tropic Thunder screenwriter Etan Cohen, was later punched up by David Koepp (Jurassic Park). Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) has been hired during the production’s hiatus to make further changes. A bit of context: the last time Koepp and Nathanson worked on the same film they produced Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Um… Did any of the producers ever stop to think about that?
Josh Brolin expressed annoyance with the Los Angeles Times about the delays: "It’s one of those things where they say, ‘OK, I’m going to go in a week’ and then they say, ‘Actually it’s going to be two weeks.’ OK, that’s all right. Then they go, ‘OK, it’s going to be three.’ […] I mean, come on already.’"
The delays are not expected to affect Men in Black III‘s upcoming release date of May 5, 2012. CraveOnline will keep you posted in the meantime unless our memories get erased.