The men in black are returning to theaters — but their star secret agent has stepped down.
A Hollywood Reporter interview with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced MIB
and its two sequels, has confirmed that a franchise revival is moving forward without Will Smith.
Asked whether Smith will be involved, Parkes told THR, “Most likely no.”
All three films remain among Smith’s biggest moneymakers ever, but Smith (who makes a play for
another Oscar nod in December’s Concussion) doesn’t seem interested in cashing in with franchises.
Last year, the actor turned down the opportunity to star in Independence Day 2, the sequel to his highest
grossing film ever. No further details have been announced regarding the Men in Black reboot, and whether
Jones or Brolin would return.