If it weren’t for bad news, there would be no news emitting from Sony Pictures’ beleaguered Men in Black III production. In fact, director Barry Sonnenfeld’s third installment in the franchise has encountered so many problems since its production began last November that we were actually capable of putting together an article devoted entirely to discussing said issues. Ouch. True to form, MIB has now taken another hit as purported co-star Alec Baldwin has left the production altogether. In a recent interview with Vulture, Baldwin made quick work of his exit saying, “I’m not doing that. I’m out of it; the schedule didn’t work out.”
As for the role Baldwin leaves behind, the actor was slated to play the head of the “MIB” in 1969 during the portions of the film in which Will Smith travels to the era in an attempt to save the young Agent K (Josh Brolin). There is currently no word on who will replace Baldwin in the role. In spite of all of its hardships, the film is scheduled to resume production on March 28th and is still looking at a May 25, 2012 release. The release date for the Oscar-worthy, underdog tale that documents all of Men in Black III‘s obstacles on the road to release has yet to be announced. That said, I hear its production is going splendidly.