Budget For Men In Black 3 Hits The $215 Million Mark

Script problems, movie star behavior, and a terrible shooting schedule all seem to be contributing factors in making the latest Men In Black film cost millions of dollars more than the previous movie.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 6/23/2011

Men In Black 3 has had its fair share of problems from supposed script problems to Will Smiths gigantic bus that was irritating New Yorkers. More problems seemed to have surfaced recently mentioning that Smith has been displaying some extreme star behavior. This includes having sets torn down and rebuilt to better suit his style of acting.



Reports The Wrap:

Smith also had a set rebuilt in order to accommodate an improvised scene he filmed, according to two people involved in the production. The scene involved a telephone call between Smith’s character, Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones’s character, Agent K. Some time after Jones filmed his portion of the call, it was Smith’s turn. But Smith improvised quite a bit, and his part of the conversation no longer matched Jones’s. Smith told producers he wanted to see Jones on camera responding to the new material -- a request that required the crew to rebuild the set, or at least a few walls of it -- so Jones could film there again.

On another occasion, early in the filming, Smith had the crew tear down a nearly completed set at Kaufman Astoria Studios because it "wasn't right," a person with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.


With all the problems that are occurring it looks like it is going to take its toll on Sony's wallet. Sources are saying that the budget for the film has ballooned all the way up to $215 Million, that is about $75 million more than what it took to make Men In Black 2. The source is also saying that the budget is after tax rebates that New York was offering.

Men In Black 3 Stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Rip Torn, and Jemaine Clement and will be released on May 25, 2012.


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Source: The Wrap
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THICKframes - 6/23/2011, 1:01 PM
what a [racial slur]
comicbookfreak - 6/23/2011, 1:02 PM
I have a feeling this film will be a disaster
naterator - 6/23/2011, 1:06 PM
smith needs to go back to music
TayDee - 6/23/2011, 1:14 PM
Its their fault for giving him so much power.
Fantine - 6/23/2011, 1:15 PM
This movie is going to be shit'
SpideyDude - 6/23/2011, 1:20 PM
this movie is going to be the shit
GUNSMITH - 6/23/2011, 1:21 PM
THEY GAVE HIM ALOT OF POWER YEAH BUT HONESTLY, LET THEM..LET HIM CHANGE STUFF BECAUSE HE'S A "STAR" IF THE FILM DOES WELL, THATS WHY THEY GAVE HIM A SAY..NOW IF IT DOES BAD THOUGH, THAT DETERMINES HIS FUTURE IN THE BIZ, SO LET HIM, GO AHEAD..LET'S SEE WHERE HE TAKES IT.
fattieacid - 6/23/2011, 1:26 PM
you know what, everyone said green lantern will the the movie of this summer and xmen first class would be a piece of shit and will bomb. While everyone said that I said Green Lantern Will defiently bomb and first class will be decent, and thast exactly what it was. i know movies and thats why im saying this wont be as good as the first one but still will be the 2nd best one.
nuck82 - 6/23/2011, 1:29 PM
lol i guess this is why sony id going out of biz

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nuck82/news/?a=40060
jazzman - 6/23/2011, 1:33 PM
@fattieacid

u know what u might be right
WaylonJones - 6/23/2011, 1:35 PM
Nuck @ don't you dare take to my article to pimp your own :P
TayDee - 6/23/2011, 1:35 PM
fattieacid - Exactly. Everybody thought Green Lantern was gonna be huge and First Class was hated on and it was gonna bomb and the opposite happened.

I say this will definitely be better than MIB II, no matter what's happening on set.
HelaGood - 6/23/2011, 1:40 PM
uh oh... shades of green lantern...
nuck82 - 6/23/2011, 1:43 PM
@waylon, dont my me raise my pimp hand on you
BraceYourFace - 6/23/2011, 1:48 PM
Its really not that uncommon to have a set rebuilt or remade for reshoots. Especially for someone like Will Smith who is bigger than Sony and pretty much has any say. ESPECIALLY for a movie like Men In Black which will rake in all kinds of money. I'm working on a film now where the director will walk into the room and go "This isn't the way I thought it was going to look" and have it completely redone.
Bryanferryfan - 6/23/2011, 1:55 PM
Does Marvel own the film rights to MIB?
Joe6Pack74 - 6/23/2011, 2:01 PM
The Green Lantern of 2012 anyone?
CaptainTall - 6/23/2011, 2:01 PM
@BraceYourFace, if you are allowed to say, what movie is it?
plasticman - 6/23/2011, 2:17 PM
fsucsu, I smell water leaking onto this set. Is that sea water? Yep, its coming from another world...a WaterWorld. The curse is coming.

@ MegaMattMOS- I can't place my finger on it, but you sure are a handsome devil!
flames809 - 6/23/2011, 2:24 PM
no matter if the film is wack or good its gonna make millions and pass its budget cause of will smith fans
marvel72 - 6/23/2011, 2:32 PM
got zero intrest in this movie,couldn't give a shit if makes money or not.

i won't be going to the cinema to watch it.
Rango - 6/23/2011, 2:44 PM
thats terrible of SONY/Columbia...they give Ghost Rider 2 only $75 million and The Amazing Spider-man only $80 million and $215 for this!!!!
plasticman - 6/23/2011, 2:56 PM
@ Rango- That's because those movies don't have Will Smith in them. They are pandering to his box office draw.

@ SSiref- I think I see where you're headed with your comment. Let Sony continue to pile on the money for this movie and then they will have to sell off franchises to pay down their debt. Pile it on, Sony, pile it on!
m2prod - 6/23/2011, 3:12 PM
So Will Smith's a diva... duh! It's time for the piano to learn that it didn't write the concerto.
HavocT - 6/23/2011, 3:42 PM
Ugh... I hate when stars go feral.
EarOne - 6/23/2011, 4:19 PM
well, with ALL Smith's successes..it's just BOUND to happen.
cgrass5150 - 6/23/2011, 4:50 PM
Aside from Will Smith being a mega-douche, there's really no reason for a 3rd installment of "MIB." The 1st film was mediocre at best and the 2nd was dreadful. Given all the problems of the 3rd film, I smell ass-bomb.
CBMfan001 - 6/23/2011, 4:59 PM
with will smith this will be a huge blockbuster,i love will smith and his movies and im sure this will be HUGE :)
pOoPEE - 6/23/2011, 5:00 PM
Every block buster Will Smith has made has made huge money, studio knows this will be no exception. His name alone will sell it.
bababoozer - 6/23/2011, 5:15 PM
Pains in the Butt in Black
SKGannbit - 6/23/2011, 8:55 PM
i haven't even seen all of the second MIB yet. the first was good but from what i've seen of the second it sucked. i'll catch it on tbs in a few years.
UncleDrew - 6/23/2011, 9:34 PM
Man Will Smith you one of my favorite actors but you gotta calm down bro
STYGR8dotCOM - 6/23/2011, 10:27 PM
i feel like they should put this much effort into other CBM's .
CaptainTall - 6/23/2011, 11:10 PM
@plasticman, Same goes for you! It's like looking in a mirror. ;)
helacaster - 6/24/2011, 6:13 AM
your all idiots if you think will smith will make a bad movie
dickmastaflex - 6/24/2011, 7:17 AM
cool smiths a asshole now
ari1160 - 6/24/2011, 11:01 AM
its Will Smith... $600M+ in revenue guaranteed.
RexDartEskimoSpy - 6/24/2011, 12:49 PM
"your all idiots if you think will smith will make a bad movie" -helacaster

May I direct your attention to Wild Wild West, The Legend Of Bagger Vance, Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2, I Robot, Hancock, I Am Legend, and, oh yeah, Men In Black 2?

This movie will never make a profit. The sequel nobody but Will Smith wanted.
NubaX - 6/24/2011, 2:51 PM
@ Rex
...All the movies you listed made a lot of money and are considered good movies except MIB 2. I Robot got mixed reactions but still. His movies are Gold. I Am Legend, Handcock made more than Superman Returns. Will could be making improvements to shakey sceens. You all aren't there and don't know the whole story.
NubaX - 6/24/2011, 2:51 PM
@ Rex
...All the movies you listed made a lot of money and are considered good movies except MIB 2. I Robot got mixed reactions but still. His movies are Gold. I Am Legend, Handcock made more than Superman Returns. Will could be making improvements to shakey sceens. You all aren't there and don't know the whole story.
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