News: Will Smith's "Men In Black" To Return, Star's Role In Question

Monday, Apr 6, 2009 4:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Blockbuster actor Will Smith's hit film series Men in Black was recently given the green light for part three.

Though he starred in the first two installments, it's not clear if Smith  will be a part of the flick.

During a presentation at the movie industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday (April 1), Sony distribution president Rory Bruer said that the studio is going back for thirds on the Ghostbusters and Men in Black franchises. Men in Black III is in even more of a nascent stage. Sony won't comment on whether Will Smith will be involved in the project in any way, either as an actor or producer. There is said to be interest in one screenwriter for the job, but he has not yet been hired. (Hollywood Insider)

The film would likely hit theaters in two years.

Sony Pictures Entertainment president Rory Bruer mentioned during the introduction of the Sony ShoWest presentation that they have a lot of interesting films in the works for 2011. He brought up Spider-Man 4, which had already been announced, and then quickly mentioned that they have some surprises up their sleaves like Men in Black 3 and a new Ghostbusters movie, both of which are in active development. (Slash Film)

Smith recently joked about an interest in portraying President Barack Obama in a future film.

Will Smith said he would love to play Barack Obama in a movie, days before the 44th President will be inaugurated in Washington, DC. Calling Obama's election historic, Smith said he was honored the President-elect had indicated that he would like the actor to play him if his life story were ever to be made into a movie. "If I am ordered by my commander in chief to star in a film about him, I will do my duty as an American," Smith proudly explained. (All Headline News)

The actor's latest film, Seven Pounds, was released last December.

The highly anticipated film Seven Pounds opened at No. 2 over the weekend with $16 million in box office sales. The blockbuster actor's latest film missed the top spot by just over $2 million as Jim Carrey's Yes Man debuted with $18.2. Despite both movie's high standings, each were reportedly expected to bring in at least $5 million. Chart watchers cite bad weather conditions throughout the north as possible reason for the lowered profits. (SOHH)

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