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‘Men in Black III’ = May 25, 2012 — in 3D

Director Barry Sonnenfeld, executive producer Steven Spielberg are on board for sequel

"Men in Black III" is on the 3D bandwagon, Columbia Pictures announced Friday. The sequel will be released May 25, 2012.

Will Smith has signed on to reprise his role as Agent Jay, and Columbia said it’s in advanced negotiations with co-star Tommy Lee Jones to return as Agent Kay. Josh Brolin also is in talks to play the young Agent Kay.

Etan Cohen wrote the script for the sequel, based on the comic book by Lowell Cunningham. Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed the first two "MIB" movies, is on board to direct for producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

The studio intends to begin production this fall.

In a statement, Jeff Blake, chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, said, “Sony’s summer of 2012 will get off to a red hot start with an incredible new 3D adventure for the Men in Black. We couldn’t be more excited that the original filmmaking team responsible for the first two worldwide hits is reuniting for this third installment.”

The first two "MIB" films, released in 1997 and 2002, took in more than $1 billion combined worldwide.