- Cast: Will Smith, Alice Eve, Tommy Lee Jones, Jemaine Clement, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson, Bill Hader, Rip Torn, Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kevin Covais, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Lenny Venito, RJ Smith-Tillman, Joe Urban, Keone Young, Michael Chernus, Geoffrey Cantor, Dan Bittner, Michael Dean, Alex Ziwak, Josh McBride, Victor Joel Ortiz, Anthony J. Gallo, Chuck Schanamann, Karin Agstam, Dorothy Meyers, Francesca Tedeschi, Nick Lawrence, Brittany Natale
- Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
- Writers: Etan Cohen, Lowell Cunningham, David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson, Michael Soccio
- Producers: Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes
- Executive Producers: G. Mac Brown, Steven Spielberg
- Art Directions: Kasra Farahani, Luke Freeborn, W. Steven Graham, Kevin Ishioka, Maya Shimoguchi, Chris Shriver
- Casting: Ellen Chenoweth
- Costume Design: Mary E. Vogt
- D.O.P.: Bill Pope
- Editors: Wayne Wahrman, Don Zimmerman
- Makeups: Joseph Farulla, Souraya Hamdi, Craig Lyman, Paul Molnar, Mike Smithson
- Music: Danny Elfman
- Production Design: Bo Welch
- Set Decoration: Susan Bode
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content
- Production Budget: $215 million
- Production Companies: Amblin Entertainment, Media Magik Entertainment, Parkes/MacDonald Productions
- Production Schedule: November 2010 - December 2010; March 2011 - June 2011
2012 Guide Analysis: "Fifteen years since the popular and well-received first film, and ten years since the much more mixed reaction to "Men in Black II", Sony has resurrected this sci-fi comedy franchise and has hit countless difficulties along the way - problems that ended up delaying it by a few years.
The story has Agent J time-travelling back to 1969 where an alien, with its sights set on the younger version of Agent K, poses a threat to the future of both the entire MIB organization and humanity. Most of the challenges behind-the-scenes involved initially getting stars Smith and Jones back onboard, and then fixing up difficulties with the script.
Numerous writers from Etan Cohen to David Koepp to Jeff Nathanson kept struggling with the screenplay - particularly the time travel element of this outing. As a result the film's shooting schedule was split in two with the present day scenes shot in New York in late 2010 to take advantage of tax breaks. The 1969 scenes however saw delays due to the script. Hopefully it was resolved, but it sounds like it was a bitter struggle right up until filming.
At a costly $215 million this is a bit of a gamble for the studio, even with the presence of Smith who remains the one true hit-making star on the planet. The first teaser trailer surprised in just how smoothly it fits in with the rest of the franchise both tonally and aesthetically. Yet it also felt somewhat dated, calling into question just how viable this franchise still is."