Men in Black International: a stormy shoot for a bleeding failure in theaters – News …

Released in 2019 and broadcast this Sunday evening on France 2, the reboot of the Men in Black franchise, called “Men in Black International”, had a very stormy and tense production, sanctioned by a rather bleeding failure in theaters …

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Released in June 2019, the reboot of the Men in Black franchise, called Men in Black International, did not quite shine in the firmament of the Box Office. The film by F. Gary Gray, worn by the tandem Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, has indeed brought in just over $ 253 million at the global Box Office. Very low, already considering the film’s production budget, around $ 110 million, to which must of course be added the marketing budget …

Just five days after the film’s release, the Hollywood Reporter unveiled behind the scenes, to say the least stormy, of the production, highlighting the various changes that took place before and during filming.

As a backdrop to this complicated adventure, the rivalry that has never ceased between director F. Gary Gray and producer Walter Parkes (already known for having worked on the first films of the saga). According to the article of Hollywood Reporter, the latter would have imposed many changes to the initial screenplay written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, before but also during filming, even going so far as to provide new pages every day to Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who did not have hesitated to engage their own dialogists on the set …

Always according to the Hollywood Reporter, the film’s initial script was “more subversive and more anchored in the news”, even addressing the debate around immigration. As for the villain (s), it was in the very first versions of the four members of a musical group in the genre of The Beatles, having the ability to merge into one and the same entity.

Add to this the fact that director F. Gary Gray would have tried to quit the project several times, while two edits (his and that of producer Walter Parkes) were submitted to the studio, which ultimately opted for Parkes. Atmosphere…

The reasons for the failure … According to the CEO of Sony Pictures

A month after this great unpacking, it is the turn of a Sony executive to speak on the subject, which had not been the case until then. And what’s more, a top executive, since it was the big boss himself, Tom Rothman.

In an interview with Business Insider, he expressed his disappointment, where the Major hoped to relaunch a once lucrative franchise, and remake the Box Office heist that was the reboot of Jumanji, which brought in more than $ 960 million, for a lower budget. to 100 million.

“Did we miss our shot? Men in Black International was not particularly a financial disappointment, because at the end of the day it’s going to bring in between $ 245 million and $ 300 million for the global box office. ‘is obviously not at all what we were aiming for a restart concerning this license “ pleaded the person concerned. “I think the audience liked the movie, and the cast was great; Tessa and Chris did a great job. But if we made mistakes, I think it’s mainly in the lack of strong ideas in the story. Especially if you compare with Jumanji, who had a really, really strong idea. “ We can obviously not blame Tom Rothman for advancing the argument of the lack of strong ideas on this opus, but it is still very short …

And the person concerned to continue: “The lesson of all this is that you have to keep taking risks. But you also have to manage them. In the case of MIB International, we had two co-producers, so the risks were calculated and managed. I sincerely believe that you can’t eliminate risk in the film industry. If you try to do that, you kill creativity, and if you kill creativity, you will eliminate success. “

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