“Three of anything is enough for me.”
That’s the official state of the union on Men in Black 4, at least from Will Smith’s perspective. In an interview with Collider, Smith was asked whether he would consider putting on his shades, suit and tie for a fourth round as alien-hunting Agent J. Based on his latest comments, it doesn’t seem likely.
“We’ll look at it and we’ll consider it,” he added, “but it feels like that it might be time to let someone else do that.”
Smith’s remarks on a fourth Men in Black came before the box-office results for his latest sci-fi effort, After Earth, rolled in. The M. Night Shyamalan-directed flick, starring Will and Jaden Smith as a father-son duo trapped on a far-future post-apocalyptic Earth, placed third in its opening weekend at the box office, earning a paltry $27.5 million against a reported production budget of $130 million. Perhaps Smith needs a surefire hit like the Men in Black franchise more than he realizes.
Regardless, based on the box-office results, don’t expect to see an After Earth sequel anytime soon. Indeed, when Spinoff Online spoke with Shyamalan recently, the filmmaker made it clear that he wasn’t even considering a sequel just yet.