Sony to release 3D sequel on May 25, 2012

Will Smith looks to don a pair of black shades again, but this time of the 3D variety.

Sony announced “Men in Black III” will get the 3D treatment set for release May 25, 2012.

The “Black” installment will reteam Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld. Smith has been rumored to topline one of two projects as his next vehicle: “Black” or 20th Century Fox’s “The City that Sailed.”

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce the series’ third offering, which is penned by Etan Cohen, based on the comic book by Lowell Cunningham. Steven Spielberg will exec produce.

“Sony’s summer of 2012 will get off to a red-hot start with an incredible new 3D adventure for the Men in Black,” said Jeff Blake, Sony’s chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution. “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 “Men in Black” franchise has grossed worldwide north of $1 billion collectively.

Production for the third installment is set begin this fall, with Tommy Lee Jones in advanced negotiations to reprise his role as Agent Kay. Josh Brolin also is in talks to star as a young Agent Kay.

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