It appears that Will Smith is ready to break the Noisy Cricket out of his sock drawer, dust-off his black suit, throw on his shades, and kick some alien ass, because it is being reported that he has signed on for a third Men in Black film!
According to ShowBiz411, Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the first two films has confirmed that the Hollywood heavyweight has indeed made the commitment to star in the upcoming sequel along with an also-returning Tommy Lee Jones. However, that's not the only significant bit of news. In a move that may prove bold, daring, completely original, and not at all the result of recent trends, the film will be presented in 3-D!
The Men in Black 3D project had been the subject of rumors for a number of months, with speculation that there would be roles for the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, Josh Brolin, and The Flight of the Conchords' Jermaine Clement. However, besides some loose talk of the script's progress, this is the first bit of substantive news about the film actually moving forward, as it has apparently passed its highest obstacle with mega-star Smith locked-in. With things progressing, it will be interesting to see in the upcoming months how those rumors will pan out.
This is undoubtedly good news to any fan of fun, unpretentious action flicks. Joining the cavalcade of post-Avatar 3-D releases, Men in Black will be a perfect fit to display the new advances in the technology. While a third film may not be necessary story-wise, 1997's first MIB is still an absolute classic that many movie-goers hold dear. The 2002 sequel, while not as good, was still a solid effort and continued the franchise's popularity. Considering that Smith is now possibly slated for returns to his other old franchises like Bad Boys and Independence Day (Could a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air movie be next?,) the return to MIB will still be a welcomed one. This recipe has box-office gold written all over it.
Are you looking forward to a new Men in Black film?