The movie, which went into pre-production here last month, has been shut down for a second time because of arguments among Smith, director Barry Sonnenfeld and the producers, sources told Page Six.
While Sony studio bosses blame the delay on a change in New York state movie incentives, a source said,
“‘Men in Black 3’ has gone on hiatus again, this time for two weeks, after having shut down for a week and started back up. Smith, Sonnenfeld and the producers have been fighting. The start date for filming had already been put off.”
The disputes are believed to be about the script for the film, which also stars Tommy Lee Jones and will be released in 3-D.
A Sony Pictures rep denies the story saying, “The only reason production will begin in mid-November as opposed to late October is to take advantage of recent changes affecting New York State film incentives. Suggesting that a disagreement triggered the shift is complete fiction.”