Men in Black III

Men in Black III
Men in Black III

Teaser poster
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by Walter F. Parkes
Laurie MacDonald
Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by Etan Cohen
David Koepp
Jeff Nathanson
Michael Soccio
Based on The Men in Black by
Lowell Cunningham
Starring Will Smith
Tommy Lee Jones
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Bill Pope
Editing by Wayne Wahrman
Don Zimmerman
Studio Amblin Entertainment
MacDonald/Parkes Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) May 25, 2012 (2012-05-25)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $215 mllion[1]

Men in Black III (stylized MIB3 and previously entitled Men in Black III-D) is an upcoming 3D science fiction comedy film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. It will be released as the sequel to Men in Black II on May 25, 2012, ten years after its predecessor,[2] and will also star Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement, with Barry Sonnenfeld returning as director, and Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer. The film is the third entry in the Men in Black film series which is based on the Malibu comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham. Principal photography began in New York City on November 16, 2010.



Agent J and Agent K are reunited in a time-travel tale.[1]



The film was first announced on April 1, 2009, by Sony Pictures Entertainment president Rory Bruer during a Sony ShoWest presentation.[13] By October 2009, Etan Cohen had been hired to write the screenplay.[14] As of March 2010, Will Smith remained undecided whether to join this film or another, The City That Sailed.[15] Director Barry Sonnenfeld in May 2010 confirmed the return of the protagonists played by Tommy Lee Jones and Smith.[3] Both had expressed interest in 2008 in reprising their roles.[16][17] Other staff includes Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald as producers, with Steven Spielberg as executive producer; all were producers of the two previous films.[18]

In June, writer David Koepp was hired to rewrite the Cohen script.[19] On June 11, 2010, the fan site posted what it described as a "clip [that] debuted at an exclusive Sony 3D TV launch event at Sony Pictures Studios",[20] showing Smith dressed as Agent J wearing 3-D glasses and stating, "I know what you're thinking — 'M.I.B.', 3-D, we're going to be blowing stuff up and all that. But that's not really what we're doing right now. We're here for one purpose, and for one purpose only: Just to let you know that I'm about to make 3-D look good."[21] A teaser poster for the film was also released on September 21, 2010.[22] A third writer, Jeff Nathanson, was hired in November 2010 to rewrite the time-travel segment of the script in which the story takes place in 1969.[23]

Principal photography began on November 16, 2010.[24] It was originally slated to commence on October 18, 2010, and continue until May 2011 in New York City,[25] with shooting starting in 2010 partly in order to take advantage of a New York tax break in which the state rebates 30 percent of production costs incurred there.[1] Filming was split into two parts, the first taking place from November until about Christmas 2010; the filmmakers announced shooting would begin again in mid-February, but it was delayed until April.[1]

The first set photos for the film turned up online on November 17, 2010 showing Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson, and Nicole Scherzinger on set.[5] Shooting was scheduled resume from March through June 2011.[26] Filming was done in April 2011 in the Morris Park section of The Bronx.[27] Parts of Coney Island, in Brooklyn, had parking and filming permits posted for April 24 and May 2-4, 2011, production dates of what the permits titled MIB³.[28]


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  8. ^ Quigley, Adam (October 13, 2010). "Sharlto Copley, Alec Baldwin and Gemma Arterton in Negotiations for 'Men In Black 3'". / Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike (February 16, 2011). "Alice Eve Joins 'Men In Black III' As Young Emma Thompson". Retrieved March 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Lussier, Germain (November 5, 2010). "Cameos: Judi Dench in ‘On Stranger Tides,’ Nicole Scherzinger in 'Men In Black 3,' Betty White Out". / Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ Love, Ryan (March 9, 2011). "Scherzinger teases 'Men In Black 3' role". Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ Fischer, Russ (May 18, 2010). "Jemaine Clement Cast in Men in Black 3D". / Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ Sciretta, Peter (April 1, 2010). "Sony Developing Men in Black 3 and Ghostbusters 3 for 2011". / Retrieved April 20, 2010. 
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  24. '^ Chitwood, Adam (November 15, 2010). "Men in Black IIIStarts Filming Tomorrow; Taking Hiatus in the Middle of Production". Archived from the original on November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  25. ^ Wood, Mark Dundas (September 23, 2010). "New York Production Listings". Back Stage. e5 Global Media. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
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  28. ^ "Time Travel and Men In Black". April 24, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 

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