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'Men In Black III' in the Works; Smith Interested

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Oct 30, 2009 | 4:28am EDT

Columbia has hired Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen to pen a new installment in the Men In Black franchise. Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first two films, is said to be attached while Will Smith, who has not committed, is said to be interested in returning to the series, the Risky Business blog reported.

BIZ points out that Smith does not currently have a go movie lined up while Tommy Lee Jones' involvement remains uncertain. Variety surmises that it's unlikely the studio would greenlight the project without the duo's involvement.

MIB is one of the most successful comedy franchises of all time. The first two films, which were released in 1997 and 2002, combined to earn nearly $1.1 billion worldwide.

The studio is eyeing a 2010 start date and could go as soon as the spring.

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