Whenever you hear of a script being hastily rewritten while a movie is being filmed it’s cause for alarm, this time around it’s more cause for confusion. Apparently Men in Black 3 director Barry Sonnenfeld was fine with the script being written on set, hell it wasn’t even finished when they started production! In the latest issue of Empire Sonnenfeld talks about why.
“We knew starting the movie that we didn’t have a finished second or third act. Was it responsible? The answer is, if this movie does as well as I think it will, it was genius. If it’s a total failure, then it was a really stupid idea.”
I don’t know about you, but I am leaning more towards the later there. It’s a risky move to get into a story that you have no idea how you are going to get out of and if you rush a writer, there is a good chance the movie will just end with Will Smith saying ‘Ah hell nah’.
Make-up effects artist Rick Baker had is own take on the production.
“It was a crazy production. We had a writer actually on the soundstage writing the words moments before the guys had to say them. I don’t think that’s any way to make a movie. But I’ve seen a rough cut and I was actually shocked at how good it was.”
Shock and amazement that something looks good in a work print sends my cynical side into overdrive, I guess when it hits the big screen on May 25th we’ll see for our selves.