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Comic Adaptation 'Lore' Starring Dwayne Johnson Still Moving, Just Not With Director Barry Sonnenfeld

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 29, 2013 7:38 PM
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After scoring a surprisingly solid financial return for “Men In Black 3,” Warner Bros. had tapped that film's director Barry Sonnenfeld to helm the Dwayne Johnson-starring graphic novel adaptation “Lore” because hey, why not? After clashing with the studio over the budget, Sonnefeld has dropped out of the director’s chair -- he’ll retain an executive producer credit -- but THR is reporting the studio has already locked up a replacement.

Barry Sonnenfeld To Direct Supernatural 'Lore' With Dwayne Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2012 3:28 PM
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For the five of you that are going to wonder.... No, this is not remake of Cate Shortland's recent post-WWII drama, but instead is Warner Bros. upcoming graphic novel adaptation that has Dwayne Johnson attached to star. And now, it's locking down a director.

Barry Sonnenfeld To Direct DC Comics' 'The Metal Men' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 10:18 AM
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It looks like with Batman ending, Warner Bros. are getting very serious about exploiting the DC Comics catalog they've mostly been sitting on. Earlier this month it was revealed that last year the studio had hired "Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall to pen "Justice League," and it seems they are already intent on rebooting "Green Lantern" after it crashed and burned in 2010 with Ryan Reynolds. And during press rounds for "Men In Black III," director Barry Sonnenfeld also teased that he was working on something for the studio "based on a comic that hasn’t been around since the 60s.” Well, the mystery has been solved.

'Men In Black' Director Barry Sonnenfeld May Direct Warner Bros Movie Based On Secret '60s Comic Book Property

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 23, 2012 10:40 AM
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Since starting as his career as the cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, Barry Sonnenfeld has led a successful career as a director, a few rough patches notwithstanding (“Wild Wild West”) and this Friday sees his first new film in six years, the “surprisingly decent” “Men In Black 3,” hit theaters. And it looks like he’s already looking for his next project.

Review: 'Men In Black 3' Is A Surprisingly Decent Return To Form For The Flagging Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2012 12:05 AM
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Much has been made of the herculean efforts it took to get “Men in Black 3” to the big screen – the constant rewrites, the lengthy hiatus, Will Smith’s giant trailers pissing off much of lower Manhattan – so the mere fact that “Men in Black 3” is watchable at all is something of a pleasant surprise. What’s downright shocking is how enjoyable “Men in Black 3” actually is – it’s an agreeably loopy, visually sumptuous, intermittently clever sci-fi comedy that does much to erase the bad memories of 2002’s wretched “Men in Black II,” easing back into the deadpan weirdness that made the original film so much fun.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld Says Ending Of 'Men Of Black 3' Leaves Room To Reboot The Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 10:40 AM
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After a difficult, fractured production that left many wondering if "Men In Black III" was gearing up to be a "Heaven's Gate"-style summer disaster, it seems everyone came through and put something together for the third and final chapter in the series. Or is it? With Sony rebooting "The Amazing Spider-Man" only five years after Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire's "Spider-Man 3" it's clear that in this day of do-overs and remakes, time is hardly an issue. And while this may be the last swing at the alien piñata for Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the "Men In Black" franchise might still have a new life beyond the upcoming movie.

Barry Sonnenfeld Says Shooting 'Men In Black 3' Without A Third Act Ready Might Have Been "A Really Stupid Idea"

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 29, 2012 9:00 AM
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If you've been following the production of "Men In Black III" to any small degree, you'll know it has been somewhat of a debacle. Despite it being a decade since the last outing for Agent J and Agent K in a vastly inferior sequel to the original movie, it was decided that a third outing would be a good idea. We think the studio logic here is that if you put Will Smith in it, they will come. The saga of the development of the film is a long one, but here's the condensed version:

Watch: Josh Brolin Nails His Tommy Lee Jones Impression In First Trailer For 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2011 7:10 AM
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Of all the big tentpole pictures of next year, none seems to have had a more troubled production than "Men in Black 3." The first film in the series, in 1997, was an enjoyable sci-fi comedy, but it took five years to get a sequel together,  and when "Men In Black 2" hit theaters in 2002, virtually no-one was impressed with an unfunny reprise of the original. Ten years on, Will Smith's picked the franchise to be his return to the screen after an absence of four years, but the film had problems of its own; the project was greenlit with only one act of the sequel complete to take advantager of NYC tax breaks, but Will Smith allegedly tinkered with the script, with two more writers, Jeff Nathanson and David Koepp, brought on to fix things during an extended hiatus, while the budget soared up to $215 million, and Alec Baldwin was forced to drop out of a role when shooting didn't restart on time.

Barry Sonnenfeld Is Going To Make Dinosaurs Fight Aliens Because Why The Fuck Not

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2011 5:51 AM
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With Cannes kicking off tomorrow with its slate of quality fare, we need something like this bit of news to remind us Hollywood is never without inspired, if not misguidedly lame, ideas.

'A Serious Man' Star Michael Stuhlbarg Joins The Still-Filming 'Men in Black 3'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 13, 2011 11:21 AM
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The ugly portrait of Hollywood stupidity and hubris -- "hey, we'll figure out the script on set, no problem!" -- is a slightly antiquated one given the rise of successful improvisation, not only in comedy which was the norm, but big-budget narrative (see "Iron Man" where Jon Favreau and co. literally figured out scenes moments before they were shot), but can still be occasionally framed as a cautionary tale. See the latest example: "Men In Black 3" or "Men In Black 3D" whatever you want to call it. Sony's very expensive tentpole revival 10 years after the fact ("MIB2" was released in 2002) has been shooting on and off since December and is still adding new members to its cast.

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