2 Oct – Sony Pictures has just revealed that they are fast tracking a spinoff to the billion-dollar alien franchise, "Men in Black".
Set for a North American release on 17 May 2019, the yet-to-be-titled film will have its screenplay penned by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, the writers behind "Iron Man" and "Transformers: The Last Knight", according to Deadline.
Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 3" is also slated to open on the very same day.
Much to fans' disappointment, the spinoff is not the anticipated crossover with another Sony Pictures hit franchise, "21 Jump Street", an idea that was made public following the 2014 Sony hack.
It instead will focus on new characters set within the same universe as the previous films, but on a more global scale.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are also not expected to reprise their roles in the spinoff.
To be produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the new project will have Steven Spielberg, who previously exec-produced the original trilogy, back as executive producer.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures is also currently working on a "Charlie's Angels" reboot with Elizabeth Banks directing and Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong'O in talks to star.
As for its "Spider-Man" universe, the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-scripted animation film is slated for release in North America on Christmas 2018, while "Venom" starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams is opening on 5 October 2018, the female-centric "Silver & Black" on 8 February 2019, and "Spider-Man: Homecoming's" sequel swinging into cinemas on 5 July 2019.