May 17th, 2012
01:53 PM ET

Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones on 'MIB4' possibility

The idea for this month's "Men in Black III" was actually born 11 years ago on the set of "Men in Black II," the sequel to 1997's initial sci-fi comedy hit.

As "MIB" franchise director Barry Sonnenfeld recently told CNN, he, along with stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, was shooting one night, and while they waited on a set repair Smith revealed that he had an idea for the threequel.

"I said 'What,'"  Sonnenfeld recalled, "'cause I was tired and there's Will full of energy, joy and happiness."

Smith's pitch, as Sonnenfeld remembers it, went like this: "At the beginning, something has happened and Agent K is missing and I have to go back to the past to go try to save young Agent K. In doing so, myself and the audience find out all sorts of secrets about the world that we didn't even know were out there."

As evidenced by the existence of the third "MIB," Smith was on to something, but at the time all Sonnenfeld could say was, "can we just finish this one?"

They did wrap up "Men in Black II" and are now ready to unveil the third installment - complete with Smith's time travel idea - on May 25. And, if history repeats itself, we just might be in for a fourth film - except with one tweak.

"Will's kind of really smart, but as I said, kind of really annoying, too much energy," Sonnenfeld joked. "When he would get too rambunctious, I would tell him that for 'Men in Black 4,' Will is out and [his son] Jaden Smith is in. ... If we continue on this path, it won't be released until 2032 but it will be damn good."

After all, Sonnenfeld continued, "It all goes into the same pot; it doesn't matter which Smith brings it in. So I am sure he will be fine with it."

Well, not quite. Smith doesn't sound opposed to the idea of a fourth "MIB," but he's not so sure he's ready to pass the torch.

"Jaden is already 13 years old, so he’s at that mythological boys age, you know -  it’s time for his bro-mitzvah," Smith said. "So he’s right at that place ... He’s ready to test me so he can’t come anywhere near my movies right now!"

As for Smith's co-star Tommy Lee Jones also sees the potential in a fourth movie.

"It is easy to pick up where we left off," he told CNN. "We know what we are doing, we know how to do it. It's just a hell of a lot of fun."

But if they made a fourth "MIB," would you head out to the theaters to see it?

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. mik8888

    I'd certainly like to see a fourth installment of this franchise, but only if they treat it a bit better than MIB 3...don't get me wrong, it was ok...but really over the top in some areas, including a really annoying nemesis...

    July 10, 2016 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Didn't like the 3th one love to see the 4th

    I've finally saw MIB3 (yes it's late, but only because i wanted to see the other two movies first.) I didn't find the MIB3 that great as the other two. i kinda missed Jones in it. But i really would love to see a MIB4! But hopefully they don't take an other 11 years to bloody make one!

    May 8, 2013 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Noops

    she can be more herself during that time....

    March 11, 2013 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. shark

    i liked all the mib movies so i think this one will be great if will and tommy lee is in it

    March 11, 2013 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Lee is a feisty old man

      now it will closer then a movie-truth–no need to struggle with the eyes....

      March 11, 2013 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Will....

      tommy lee get will set the "otherside" for a few months

      March 11, 2013 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. who cares about Jayden

    this movie didn't do well at the box office.

    December 1, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Dmoney

      Are you kidding me??? It made almost 700,000 million did GREAT at the box office.

      January 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. She's such a bad actress and nobody likes jayden


    November 18, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. did we wreck it enough sugarplum


    November 18, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jayden

    is she wife 1 or 2...he's been very unlucky with women

    November 18, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. your a fat pig.

    November 18, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. print out

    put in folder with this one.

    November 18, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. you have all the originals right?


    November 18, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    I thought they'd continue with "The Light of Zartha". Bring Rosario back.

    November 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • what size jeans do you wear sssss

      i have brand new donna karan jeans size 18w...they don't fit me anymore i'm a size 14 now....if you want them let me know.
      i also have calvin klein underwear (highcut) size xtra large if your interested.

      call me.

      November 18, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Myron Nash

    If there's gonna be a Men In Black 4, then I'm all for it. I went and saw MIB 3 in theaters twice. first in 3D then regular 2D. It's offically another of my all-time favorite movies.

    November 3, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • what a great performance i agreeeeeeeeee


      November 18, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. esar


    July 15, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • scene

      hell yeah! absolutely they should make the fourth one but Will Smith is right, no jayden, at least not in Wills role. Will smith is the key of that movie saaga

      September 16, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • he got rid of his first wife finally.

      we love jayden.

      November 18, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. amory

    I have to admit, I didn't go into MIB3 with high hopes but enjoyed it rather thoroughly. And considering the ending (no spoilers here) I would love to see how it evolves in another movie.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Move of these movies were bad...

      i like will smith but these movies stunk

      November 18, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. The Girl

    I would go and see a MIB4 because I LOVED MIB3! I'd rather see a good "formula" sequel than some of the crap movies they just throw together for the under 25 movie goer. They just spit out movies and there's rarely anything interesting and worth going to the movies to see. So I welcome a movie that makes me laugh, has some pretty great actors...even if it is a sequel.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • you just go The Girl!!!!!!!!!!!


      November 18, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. The Hook

    If #3 hauls in the cash, then #4 is a no-brainer...

    May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. guest

    hope it works for them but i can't see it at this point

    May 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Joe

    Yes. Because if there's one thing this world needs its more sequels.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • i love repeats


      November 18, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  20. Michael Calaizzo

    Super idea, go for it!

    May 18, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  21. Bill Hacshe

    @Mean Mofo you funny lol.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • your are so funny Bill...


      November 18, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  22. Skeptic

    Hell yeah! Way better than all the remake of other old Hollywood classics. I kind of think they borrowed something from Back to the Future, but hey, at least it's not another "chick flick" that makes everybody cry.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. cnnlicksit

    Ugh. Isnt the insult also known as MIB3 enough? Or MIB2 for that matter. Actually MIB1 was insulting to basic human intelligence as well.

    May 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mean Mofo

      and you are an insult to yo mama, turning out like you did after all she's done for you. Just go stand on the train tracks and wait for the express.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • your a putz


      November 18, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |

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