Sony Pictures’s CinemaCon 2016 presentation officially announced MIB 23, revealed new Ghostbusters footage and lots more!
Sony Pictures held their CinemaCon 2016 presentation last night and it featured a lot of interesting reveals and announcements, including the official title for the Men in Black / 21 Jump Street crossover. Get ready for MIB 23! Given that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have claimed that all the fake 22 Jump Street sequels featured in the end credits are in the franchise canon, one wonders if part of the gag in MIB 23 isn’t that there have also quite a few fake Men in Black sequels as well. Although Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are set to return for MIB 23, there has been no word yet on the potential involvement of Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones.
In addition to the MIB 23 announcement, Sony teased the 2018 release of the Lord and Miller-scripted animated Spider-Man movie.
“This is a vision of Spider-Man that will take your breath away,” said Sony Pictures Animation President Kristine Belson. “It will break new ground for both animation and the superhero genre.”
Sony also debuted used the presentation to debut trailers for both Underworld Blood Wars and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The former seems to take place in the wake of the arrival of a new Lycan leader which, in turn, brings back Kate Beckinsale as the vampire Selene to bring him down.
Resident Evil, meanwhile, follows the franchise’s classic trailer style, beginning as a cheerful Umbrella Corporation infomercial before static takes over the screen.
“My name is Alice,” says star Milla Jovovich. “This is my final story.”
We see the cast assemble for some kind of offensive with the tagline appearing onscreen, “All evil things must end.”
Sony also teased The Dark Tower with a teaser featuring production art and images from the book covers. Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, the massive Stephen King adaptation officially began production this week and is heading for a February 17, 2017 release.
Director Paul Feig introduced his Ghostbusters cast with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones taking the stage (apparently it was their first reunion since production wrapped) to introduce what was said to be the film’s first scene. Opening outside the “Aldrige Mansion Museum,” we’re introduced to a trio that includes Abby Yates (McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and Erin Gilbert (Wiig). They’re looking investigating some kind of paranormal report and Gilbert turns to a man outside the museum (played by Zach Woods).
“We’re looking for a man named Ed Mulgrave,” says Gilbert.
“Ed Mulgrave?” says Woods’ character. “He died 15 years ago!”
The trio turn to see another man arriving.
“Who is this, then?” Gilbert asks.
“That’s his son, Edward Mulgrave, Jr.”
“That’s obviously who I meant,” Gilbert sighs.
Entering the library, Yates pulls out the new PKE Meter and explains to the team what it is. Yates and Holtzmann consistently joke back and forth, but Gilbert is far more reserved. When she steps in a small patch of slime, her first thought is that her friends are pulling a prank. She confronts them about it, but then all three turn to see that a blue glowing light is coming up from a just-opened basement door. This is the female ghost featured in the trailer and we see it vomit slime all over Yates (to the delight of Holtzmann, who continues to eat Pringles throughout the scene).
Running from the library, terrified, the trio suddenly stop and realize that they’ve finally seen a ghost and overjoyed at what that means for them moving forward.
From there, the footage turned into the trailer with an extended scene at the end of Dan Aykroyd’s cameo. In it, Gilbert is trying to hail a cab but the cabbie, played by Aykroyd, refuses to drive to Chinatown, despite ghost activity in the area.
“Look,” says Aykroyd. “I don’t drive to Chinatown, I don’t give rides to crazies and I ain’t afraid of no ghost!”
“I’m not afraid of ANY ghosts!” Gilbert corrects as he speeds off.
Although no details were given, the presentation concluded with logos for a number of upcoming films, including the long-awaited Zombieland 2! You can read about everything else that was shown over at ComingSoon.net.
How do you feel about MIB 23 moving forward? Which of the other Sony films are you most anticipating? Let us know in the comments below!
MIB 23 Officially Announced, Plus More From CinemaCon 2016