‘Men in Black 3′ cost $375 million

By brendon May 15, 2012 @ 9:00 AM


The LA Times says today that Sony has already spent close to $375 million to produce, market, and distribute ‘Men in Black 3′ (meaning it could end up being the most expensive movie ever made), and essentially has no chance of making any of that back. Especially since it will almost certainly suck because they began shooting before they even finished the script.

As Huff Post (via Vulture) reminds us, here’s how director Barry Sonnenfeld explained it…

“What happened is that we wanted this to be Will Smith’s next movie, and he was sniffing around at other movies at the time … So we had a script, with a really good first act and a fantastic ending, but there were scenes in the middle that needed work.”

“Oh, so just a few scenes in the middle, that’s no big deal,” said a straw man I made up just now to make a point. Because no, that’s not how it works. Movies (generally) have three parts. Act 1 establishes the characters and sets up the conflict. It’s the first 10 minutes or so. Act 3 is when the hero blows up the Death Star or wins the race or fucks the girl or whatever. It’s usually the last 5 minutes.

So what ‘Men in Black 3′ didn’t have was that hour and half in between Act 1 and Act 3 that is supposed to show a logical progression of events where Will Smith figures out how to save Tommy Lee Jones. Instead of that we’ll be treated to Smith shouting things that really don’t need to be shouted and him telling us how handsome he is.

(7) Comments

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    Mr. Poop 05/15/2012 12:00

    What, a black man can’t get a paycheck?

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    Mr. Pickles 05/15/2012 12:05


    Must donate money to Xenu….


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    dubbya 05/15/2012 12:29

    Welcome ta erf!

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    2 fingers 1 Thumb 05/15/2012 12:33

    Xenu will eat your soul and enslave you after Tom Cruise and John Travolta fuck you in the anal cavity. I know Pickles would like to be signed up for the latter.

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    LoK 05/15/2012 13:21

    did anybody expect anything really all that different from Will Smiff…but I’ll still see it

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    Mac-Daddy 05/15/2012 14:30

    Wait…hold up!

    There was a Men in Black 2???

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    jamesshank 05/15/2012 19:51

    The first two movies made more than a billion dollars, so I think the likelihood that this doesn’t bust 375 is miniscule.

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