Barry Sonnefeld: 'Will Smith wants a Men In Black 4'

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Barry Sonnefeld is the Director behind the Men In Black films – and now he’s back with the third instalment to the franchise. 

In Men In Black™ 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him - secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

Syfy was lucky enough to chat to the man himself about the new release. 

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation with Barry. 
Hi Barry, lovely to meet you. We’ve seen the film and we were really impressed. Are you pleased? 
I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I’m pleased. The story has really come on from the past two films and I’m happy with the way it has developed. The villains weren’t strong enough in Men In Black 2 and I really think that Boris The Animal (Jemaine Clement) is a great villain and character in this film.
How did you maintain a balance between the storyline and 3D effects? 
The storyline is always the most important aspect, but as soon as I read the script I said, ‘I want to do Men In Black 3 in 3D’. I shoot everything on axis and I tend to see things in 3D, so this allowed for us to do it. I think this may be one of the first films that uses 3D not just for action, but also for set extension and comedy. I also shoot with very wide angle lenses, and in 3D I think that the audience feels that they’re actually in the set with the actors.
Recently we’ve seen a lot of older movies being re-made for 3D – would you do this for the first two Men In Black movies? 
We also shot on the axis for the first two films, so I think it would be possible to make these films into 3D. So who knows?
The Men In Black films have always been set in New York, do you think the concept could work in another American city, or even a different country?
This is something we had been talking about. It works so well in New York because there is such a mix of different people – and you can find yourself looking at a group of people and thinking, ‘they could be an alien’. But it would be great to see other Men In Black offices. Perhaps the Men In Black headquarters could be in New York and then they could have other offices in different countries. It would be great to have offices in Asia – it’s a massive market, so it could work. 
Should we be looking out for a Men In Black 4? 
Will [Smith] has come up with an idea for a fourth and the film has been left in a way that there could be another. So if this movie does really well and it makes sense, then maybe in a few years, there could be a Men In Black 4! 
Can you give us an idea of the storyline? 
[Laughs] No! 
Okay, we tried! 
Men In Black 3 opens across the UK on 25th May 2012 – certificate PG

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