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Men in Black III production delayed, but release date unchanged + Alice Eve joins cast

24 Frames | LA Times is reporting that Sony has pushed back the production date of Men in Black III. Shooting will now get resume on March 28. According to their sources, the delay is due to ongoing script issues. Sony has confirmed the delay, but says that the 3D feature will not miss its scheduled May 25, 2012 release date.

The delay comes on the heels of a previous postponement and hiatus. The Will Smith sequel was initially set to start shooting in October. But producers delayed the start date by nearly a month (a New York Post report at the time noted creative disagreements between Smith and filmmakers, a report that Sony denied). About a month later, producers opted to break production of the film into two phases: the first part, set in the present, would begin in November and wrap before the holidays (it in fact did that), but the second part, set in 1969, would not begin shooting until mid-February.

Sony has brought Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can”) on board the project to re-work the script, which was previously worked on by Etan Cohen (“Tropic Thunder”). In casting news, Deadline is reporting that Alice Eve has joined the cast:

Alice Eve will play the younger version of Men in Black Agency head Emma Thompson in the time travel storyline. The British actress plays Olivia, hired as secretary for the Agency in 1969. While it appears she was given the job because of her looks, Olivia is actually whip smart. Sure enough, in the contemporary storyline, Thompson runs the place. Will Smith’s Agent J character is forced to travel back in time to team up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save the world.

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