Columbia Pictures president says 'Men In Black 3' was successful enough to spawn a sequel

A fourth Men In Black movie is being planned by Columbia Pictures.

The original Men In Black film, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as shades-sporting secret agents, was released in 1997 and grossed $590 million (£375 million) at the worldwide box office. Men In Black II, also starring Smith and Jones, was less successful, but still earned $440 million (£280 million) globally in 2002.

Smith and Jones recently reprised their roles in a belated follow-up, Men In Black 3, which was released this May. Not allowing for inflation, the sequel has become the most successful in the series, taking $615 million (£390 million) thus far.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad confirmed that the film has been profitable enough to spawn a sequel. He said: “We’re very pleased with the financial performance of Men In Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We’re going to do [another one], but we don’t have clarity yet on how it should be done.”

Smith will next be seen alongside his son Jaden in After Earth, a sci-fi thriller from director M. Night Shyamalan which is due next June (2013). Jones will appear as former Republican leader Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming Lincoln biopic, which is scheduled for release in November.