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Will Smith may not return for Men in Black 4

Jun. 3, 2013by: Alex Maidy

After the success of MEN IN BLACK 3 it seemed a no-brainer for Sony to try and make a fourth film. The struggling studio has not had many successes and with AFTER EARTH flopping this past weekend they are in dire need of some good news. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 doesn't hit until next year and their slate is not to populated with sure things after that. So, MEN IN BLACK 4 was put into development with 21 JUMP STREET 2 screenwriter Oren Uziel tasked with script duties.

But, there may be a big issue that would prevent MEN IN BLACK 4 from being a success: losing Will Smith. In an interview with Collider on the red carpet for AFTER EARTH, Smith said this about a fourth adventure as Agent J:

I think three is enough for me. Three of anything is enough for me. Well look at it and well consider it, but it feels like that it might be time to let someone else do that."

Tommy Lee Jones' role was significantly reduced which allowed for the time travel plot to bring Josh Brolin in to fill his role in MEN IN BLACK 3. So, if Smith doesn't want to star in a fourth film, would he be open to taking the senior partner part that Jones/Brolin played and let a younger recruit take the lead? Smith tried to do this with his son Jaden in AFTER EARTH which has left audiences cold. Will Smith is the big draw as an actor and leading man. Much like GHOSTBUSTERS 3, why would anyone want to see a sequel with the original players relegated to the backdrop?>

Smith could just be speaking his mind and could very well return for MEN IN BLACK 4. It all depends on what happens to his box office credibility in the aftermath of AFTER EARTH. I would be willing to wager if he cannot find another project to hit big with audiences, Big Willie may don the sunglasses and fight some aliens one more time.

Source: Collider

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12:00PM on 06/05/2013
Personally, I think they should have stopped at the first one; the sequels were pretty unnecessary.
Personally, I think they should have stopped at the first one; the sequels were pretty unnecessary.
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2:31PM on 06/04/2013
"it feels like that it might be time to let someone else do that."

Surprise us all by casting your daughter.
"it feels like that it might be time to let someone else do that."

Surprise us all by casting your daughter.
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12:29PM on 06/04/2013

Nobody Cares

Nobody cares about Men In Black anymore......or Will Smith.
Nobody cares about Men In Black anymore......or Will Smith.
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8:56AM on 06/04/2013

Will Smith is screwing up by the numbers, ain't he?

Hooking up with M. Night Shyamalan was a major bad idea, and pushing his kid as a movie star before he's ready for prime-time is another, but bailing on a franchise that's still pulling major bank? That's really dumb.

Admittedly, he may be trying the "Roll up the Brinks truck, bitches!" maneuver but his bargaining power is limited after AFTER EARTH's first weekend box office.
Hooking up with M. Night Shyamalan was a major bad idea, and pushing his kid as a movie star before he's ready for prime-time is another, but bailing on a franchise that's still pulling major bank? That's really dumb.

Admittedly, he may be trying the "Roll up the Brinks truck, bitches!" maneuver but his bargaining power is limited after AFTER EARTH's first weekend box office.
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2:40AM on 06/04/2013
MIB3 ended on such a high note & really surprised me on how good it was. Another one would ruin whatever quality it had & be simply a cash grab. If his stock is falling & wants to do other sequels in only 3s, then he should do Bad Boys 3 already.
MIB3 ended on such a high note & really surprised me on how good it was. Another one would ruin whatever quality it had & be simply a cash grab. If his stock is falling & wants to do other sequels in only 3s, then he should do Bad Boys 3 already.
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1:33AM on 06/04/2013
Will Smith if you happen to stumble across this page and want a tip to resurrect your career... do another film with Michael Mann.
Will Smith if you happen to stumble across this page and want a tip to resurrect your career... do another film with Michael Mann.
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10:20PM on 06/03/2013
Before you know it, it's time-displaced J (played by Jayden Smith, natch) teaming up with time-displaced K (Josh Brolin).
Before you know it, it's time-displaced J (played by Jayden Smith, natch) teaming up with time-displaced K (Josh Brolin).
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10:19PM on 06/03/2013

I liked 3

but if will isnt back then i probably wont be checking it out
but if will isnt back then i probably wont be checking it out
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9:44PM on 06/03/2013

Nooooooo

Damn it!
Damn it!
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8:14PM on 06/03/2013
Because After Earth 2 will actually be Men In Black 4!!
Because After Earth 2 will actually be Men In Black 4!!
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8:01PM on 06/03/2013
I was happy with the way Men In Black 3 ended. I thought it was a good story and was a good way to end the franchise despite all the problems they had before trying to make it.

If he were to return for a fourth film, I would be excited, but I just think he needs to venture into other films (preferably without his son) and try to gain his star appeal back. I still think he's a really good actor in the right role.
I was happy with the way Men In Black 3 ended. I thought it was a good story and was a good way to end the franchise despite all the problems they had before trying to make it.

If he were to return for a fourth film, I would be excited, but I just think he needs to venture into other films (preferably without his son) and try to gain his star appeal back. I still think he's a really good actor in the right role.
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7:58PM on 06/03/2013
He's going to be begging to do MIB4 if he doesn't learn his mistakes from After Earth soon.
He's going to be begging to do MIB4 if he doesn't learn his mistakes from After Earth soon.
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7:26PM on 06/03/2013
3 was enough for him, but too much for me.
3 was enough for him, but too much for me.
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7:13PM on 06/03/2013
File this under who gives a shit?

I don't know anyone that knows anyone that saw MIB3 in the theater. Obviously, people did, because it made a ton of many, but this franchise passed its expiration date a long time ago.
File this under who gives a shit?

I don't know anyone that knows anyone that saw MIB3 in the theater. Obviously, people did, because it made a ton of many, but this franchise passed its expiration date a long time ago.
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7:06PM on 06/03/2013
Keep as a trilogy I say lets have bad boys 3
Keep as a trilogy I say lets have bad boys 3
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7:02PM on 06/03/2013

You a big ol' tall Ludacris lookin' muthafuc%a ain't you?

With After Earth tanking at the box office, he's going to need a hit. Personally, I'd rather see him team up with Martin Lawrence again for Bad Boys III.
With After Earth tanking at the box office, he's going to need a hit. Personally, I'd rather see him team up with Martin Lawrence again for Bad Boys III.
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7:02PM on 06/03/2013
The entire Men In Black franchise should not return
The entire Men In Black franchise should not return
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6:54PM on 06/03/2013

You a big ol' tall Ludacris lookin' muthafuc%a ain't you?

With After Earth tanking at the box office, he's going to need a hit. Personally, I'd rather see him team up with Martin Lawrence again for Bad Boys III.
With After Earth tanking at the box office, he's going to need a hit. Personally, I'd rather see him team up with Martin Lawrence again for Bad Boys III.
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6:42PM on 06/03/2013
I was hoping the title was going to say Will Smith may not return to acting. :)
I was hoping the title was going to say Will Smith may not return to acting. :)
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5:47PM on 06/03/2013
MiB4 CANNOT be the one where "Agent J is now the senior agent and some new guy is the rookie". that was already explored in MiB3 where Agent J mentored a young Agent K. that was what made MiB3 good to me. the fact that they flipped that generic plot of the rookie becoming the mentor to where he's actually mentoring a young version of his own mentor.

MiB4 should be... (if Will Smith is in) a villain who has a personal vendetta against J after he's retired. or (if Will Smith is out) "reboot"
MiB4 CANNOT be the one where "Agent J is now the senior agent and some new guy is the rookie". that was already explored in MiB3 where Agent J mentored a young Agent K. that was what made MiB3 good to me. the fact that they flipped that generic plot of the rookie becoming the mentor to where he's actually mentoring a young version of his own mentor.

MiB4 should be... (if Will Smith is in) a villain who has a personal vendetta against J after he's retired. or (if Will Smith is out) "reboot" with new agents altogether.
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5:44PM on 06/03/2013
Cause he's going to be replaced by his son, duh.
Cause he's going to be replaced by his son, duh.
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5:48PM on 06/03/2013
Maybe they could hire an actual actor, instead !
Maybe they could hire an actual actor, instead !
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