Back in October, Sony officially announced plans to go forward with “Men in Black III” with “Tropic Thunder” screenwriter Etan Cohen. And while Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are both expected to return to the blockbuster, comics-inspired franchise, reports have emerged that Smith is currently torn between “Men In Black III” at Sony and a film called “City That Sailed,” which is set up at Fox.
According to Variety, “City that Sailed” would cast Smith as New York street magician who is unwillingly separated from his daughter when she moves to London. The young girl discovers magic candles that can make her wishes come true, which causes the island of Manhattan to break away from the continent and travel across the Atlantic Ocean to reunite the father and daughter.
The report indicates that Smith is currently deciding which of the two films will be his next project.
Josh Brolin, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jemaine Clement are all rumored to be in talks to appear in “Men in Black III.”
Early reports indicated that the film may involve a time-travel angle in which Smith’s Agent J would team up with a younger version of Jones’ Agent K, who may be portrayed by Brolin.
“Men In Black” was originally created in 1990 by Lowell Cunningham and illustrated by Sandy Carruthers. While the comic has been out of print for several years, the two previous films in the franchise have grossed nearly $800 million worldwide.