Update: 'Men in Black: International' producers Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes defend the rewrite process on the summer megaflop. https://t.co/DTlVbkiZG3— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 26, 2019
Recap: The Hollywood Reporter released an article detailing the problems behind the scenes on the Men In Black: International.
There were numerous script rewrites, infighting between Walter Parkes and F. Gary Gray, and Chris and Tessa hiring their own dialogue writers. F. Gary Gray almost walked away from the project but was convinced to stay. Most of the blame fell upon Walter Parkes trying to take over control over the film. And now Parkes and his wife, fellow MIB producer, Laurie MacDonald are speaking out.
Part of their statement:
"In some ways this is not surprising in that the reporter did not attribute sources and never spoke to us or other key people with actual knowledge of what occurred on set, including our writers. Had they spoken to us, we would have described what actually happened: Art Marcum and Matt Holloways excellent first draft was greenlit with a scant 17 weeks of prep time.
This all but assured substantial writing would occur throughout the production. The rewrites largely dealt with three issues: production/budget constraints (including changing several major locations), punch-ups for the actors, and reconceiving our villains to accommodate the casting of Larry and Laurent Bourgeois, aka “Les Twins,” who were Gary Gray’s choice to play the antagonists of the film."
Basically Parkes and MacDonald place the blame on the initial writers of the script, F. Gary Gray for hiring Les Twins as the villains, and the studio for approving the script.
The Hollywood Reporter states that they stand by their initial story, citing interviews with nine people who worked on MIB: International.