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There wouldn’t be a Men In Black franchise without Will Smith. Yes, the charismatic A-list action hero made sweet music with the curmudgeonly Tommy Lee Jones, but the franchise needs both of them to succeed … or, Smith and Josh Brolin doing a spot-on impersonation of TLJ. Now, however, Brolin might have to do his best Smith, as the After Earth star tells Collider that he has no real interest at the moment in pursuing any more chapters in the sci-fi comedy franchise.
"I think three is enough for me,” Smith said in the interview. “Three of anything is enough. We’ll look at it, and consider it, but it feels like it might be time to let someone else do that.”
Maybe his son, Jaden? The idea is floated to Smith, who remains noncommittal. That’s sad news for Sony, which owns the rights to the MIB franchise and made quite a lot of money from the trilogy. BoxOfficeMojo has the series at $1.6 billion in worldwide ticket sales, with the most recent – the 2012 summer comedy MIB 3 -- taking in a whopping $624 million … the most of the entire franchise.
It should be noted that Smith gave these comments at an After Earth junket prior to the movie under-performing at the box office. Maybe the low number for Smith’s collaboration with M. Night Shyamalan will change his mind? Because we all know that actors love running back to the safety net of a proven franchise when they experience a bomb. Smith might reconsider Men In Black 4 if his ego’s badly bruised.