As “an insider” told THR: “The script was good. You don’t attract Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson if the script isn’t good.”
The wheels started to come off Men in Black: International in its early stages, however, as the man shepherding the film at Sony, David Beaubaire, upped and went to work elsewhere, and Sony (for whatever reason) decided not to replace him. Apparently, this led to a battle for supremacy between Men in Black: International’s director, F. Gary Gray, and original Men in Black producer Walter Parkes, as the remaining heads.
Reportedly, the script for Men in Black: International was initially “edgier and more timely, tying the story to the current debate surrounding immigration” but Parkes then embarked on a series of rewrites before the movie went into production, and then even during, as ‘new pages arrived daily for the actors, causing a certain amount of confusion, as well as stripping away what some considered the more modern sensibilities.”
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During these clashes, Parkes allegedly tried to direct scenes himself, and Gray attempted to quit and leave him to it on “several” occasions, eventually coaxed back by Sony, who, when the movie had finished shooting, showed test audiences cuts by Parkes and Gray, with the former’s version of Men in Black: International being the one we saw in theaters.
“It wasn’t a Dark Phoenix situation,” a Sony studio source assured THR, nixing the idea that any clashing content or lack thereof was key to the movie’s problems. “The studio was an absentee landlord. They were nowhere to be found.”