FIRST LOOK: ‘Men In Black III’ Has A $215 Million Budget And The Blessing And Curse That Is Will Smith

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It was “Independence Day” that first established Will Smith as a star.

But “Men in Black” cemented that reputation.

Telling the story of a secret government agency that basically works as an immigration service for aliens, “Men in Black” raked in $590 million in theatres worldwide.

Adjusted for inflation, it’s the 67th highest grossing movie of all time.

With the sequel also performing well, a third movie seemed inevitable. Except it took a full decade to materialise.

Now, with “Men in Black III” premiering in 2012, here’s a first look at what needs to be a very high-grossing film.

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title=””Men in Black III” was announced in early 2009. Sony hired “Tropic Thunder” writer Etan Cohen to pen the script, before Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones had signed on — little did they know at the time that he would be the first of three writers to take a shot at it.”
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title=”Reportedly, Smith covertly brought in his own writer, Mike Soccio, to punch up the script that was written for him by Cohen, then David Koepp, then Jeff Nathanson (both frequent blockbuster screenwriters). “Men in Black III” centres around a complicated time travel plot that takes Smith’s character back to 1969.”
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