One of the biggest movie franchises is the Men in Black series starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The films managed to be a huge success at the box office and received well by the audience and critics until Men in Black: International (starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson) in 2019 which put the nail in the coffin for the franchise as it was a box office disappointment and panned by the critics. Now, it looks like it is going to make a comeback and, this time, it will be for the small screen.
Giant Freakin Robot has reported that Sony is currently developing a Men in Black live-action TV series. However, there are no details yet regarding the plot as well as the writer and streaming service that are attached to the project. It is also unknown if the potential series will be related to the films or will start from scratch. However, we do have to take note that this didn't come from the major trades nor confirmed by Sony so we have to take this with a grain of salt.
If the report is true, it is not surprising that Sony is developing a Men in Black live-action series since it has become a trend for the past few years to produce a TV series based on a popular franchise, especially with the ongoing streaming wars. While Sony doesn't have its own service, they are going to put it on bidding with different streamers who would be interested to pick up the project as it will add a lot of value to their original content library.
This wouldn't be the first time that the Men in Black will be adapted to the small screen. The animated Men in Black: The Series, fresh off the success of the first film, ran from 1997 to 2001 as part of Kids' WB Saturday morning block.
The concept of Men in Black, which originated from the comics, also lends itself to a TV series as they can do it procedural style with each episode focusing on an alien-related case that they have to investigate. There are a lot of storyline possibilities when it comes to a TV series so the project could actually be a good idea. Of course, some fans are wondering if it will be related to the films. It's hard to tell which direction they could take, but starting from scratch might be the best to do so that the writers wouldn't limit themselves to a certain canon.
The project is still in the early stages so it might take a few years before it comes to fruition. Once it actually happens, a lot of fans will surely be delighted.