Such a garden of delights for this Memorial Day weekend! First, we pay tribute to horror icon Christopher Lee on his 90th birthday, as Cinefantastique Online‘s Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French highlight their favorite Lee films and Dan chips in with a memorable TV moment.
Then we delve deeply into the weekend’s major release, MEN IN BLACK III, the return of the frenetic secret agents vs. aliens comedy that reunites actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones with director Barry Sonnenfeld and, courtesy of a time-travel plot, introduces Josh Brolin as a young Jones. The film was rumored to have no shortage of problems during the filming process (even discounting New Yorkers’ complaints about Will Smith’s Taj Mahal of a dressing trailer), but does the final project transcend the behind-the-scenes turmoil? Steve, Larry, and Dan discuss what’s good and bad in the film, and throw in a discussion of the logic behind building a prison on the Moon.
Plus: Steve and Larry give their capsule reviews of Oren Peli’s return to horror, CHERNOBYL DIARIES, and what’s coming in theaters.
According to Pajiba.com, Amblin’ Entertainment’s MEN IN BLACK III has cast Josh Brolin (JONAH HEX) as a young version of Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent Kay in the time-traveling sequel.
Will Smith and Jones are set to return in their roles in the Sci-Fi comedy, with Emma Thompson said to be playing their new, modern day boss. The site claims Alec Baldwin (THE SHADOW) is in talks to portray the Agency’s head in 1969.
Jermain Clement (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) is reportedly playing a character named Boris.
The article says Gemma Arterton (CLASH OF THE TITANS) is in negotiations to play a secretary in `69, and Sharlto Copley (DISTRICT 9) to enact a fast-taking alien.
Barry Sonnenfeld (THE ADDAMS FAMILY) returns as director, with a script by Etan Cohen (TROPIC THUNDER). Shooting is set to begin this November, with a May 25th, 2012 release planned by Columbia Pictures.
The MEN IN BLACK series is based on the comic book created by Lowell Cunninghan.
SuperHeroHype reports that Marc Webb’s SPIDER-MAN reboot (still being referred to internally as “Untitled Spider-Man Project”) is set to begin shooting in LA this December. Sony/Columbia Pictures has yet to confirm whether they will also film in NYC as they did with the first three films. The film is scheduled for release on July 3, 2012 with Andrew Garfield in the starring role and Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad returning to the producer’s chairs.
Barry Sonnenfeld’s MEN IN BLACK III is scheduled to begin shooting in September in NYC. The May 25, 2012 release will star Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. The summer of 2012 is already shaping up to be a big year for major film franchises.