Screenwriter Mike Soccio has been hired to perform re-writes on the upcoming “Men in Black III” at Sony Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.
The hiring is odd as the troubled production is in dire need of a strong writer to fix various troublesome issues, yet Soccio has no significant movie credits.
Soccio is said to have been working on the project for months, though other writers have come and gone since then and are apparently unfamiliar with Soccio.
Sources indicate Soccio has worked on many of Smith’s films, including last year’s “The Karate Kid” remake which Smith produced.
Sony however says Soccio “was hired for minor on-set punch-up work during our initial production period” while then scribe Etan Cohen was not on location.