THR is reporting today that one of Dwayne Johnson’s Fast and the Furious 6 follow-ups has at long last found a director. Warner Bros. is apparently in talks with Men in Black trilogy helmer Barry Sonnefeld to go behind the camera on Lore. This is a bit surprising, but also not because of what this sci-fi blockbuster is being billed as: Men in Black with monsters.
It is very interesting that the project would finally get off the ground because it was five months ago when we last heard that the studio acquired this Cory Goodman/Jeremy Lott-scripted adaptation. We knew that Dwayne Johnson is just pretty much waiting for new projects while he works on his TNT reality series The Hero, so in a way we are not too stunned that WB would take advantage of their 7-figure investment (although some consider the recruitment of Sonnenfeld to be doing just that.)
Let’s hope that this time around Sonnenfeld will be able to keep the ship on track. The director made headlines in the past year upon the release of his latest installment of the Men in Black series. Sony ended up investing $225 million into a project that looked no more expensive than half that amount due in part to massive production problems. Seeing how the story for Lore was completed prior to production (unlike MIB 3,) nobody expects a repeat which will undoubtedly focus the groans instead on the director’s ‘hit or miss’ reputation.