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Will Smith signed on for 3-D 'Men in Black 3'

May 7, 2010 | 11:24 am

Mib2-web If there's a movie franchise that simply screams for 3-D treatment, it's "Men in Black" -- and that's what we'll see in summer 2012, providing the aliens don't destroy Earth first.

Deals are set for Will Smith to star again as Agent Jay and Barry Sonnenfeld to direct, Columbia Pictures announced Friday.

"We love where the story is taking Agents Jay and Kay and know this new chapter will deliver a fresh fun twist for fans of the franchise while also introducing the Men in Black to a whole new generation of moviegoers," said Jeff Blake, chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.

The first two "Men in Black" movies were released in 1997 and 2002.

Columbia, which is owned by Sony, says it's in "advanced negotiations" with Tommy Lee Jones about reprising his role as Agent Kay, and is talking to Josh Brolin about playing Kay's younger incarnation.

Waiting for word back on whether we might see Rip Torn's Chief Zed despite his legal woes. We did not, however, ask about a certain Agent M, seen with Zed in the clip above from "Men In Black II."

Who knows, though. He could show.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tommy Lee Jones, left, and Will Smith in "Men In Black II." Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon / Columbia Pictures

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