PENNSYLVANIA, US: Men In Black is set to return for a fourth film, following the success of the franchise’s third instalment in 2012.

According to movie news website The Wrap, up-and-coming screenwriter Oren Uziel - who is currently penning the sequel to 21 Jump Street - has been hired to write the screenplay for the project.

However there is no word yet on whether the Men In Black themselves, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, will return for a fourth outing. The third Men In Black film arrived a decade after the second film in the series, which was released in 2002.

It saw Smith and Jones reprise their roles as Agents J and K - who monitor extraterrestrials living on Earth - in a time-travelling story which co-starred Josh Brolin as a younger version of Lee Jones’s character, and Emma Thompson as new MIB boss Agent O.

Men In Black III went on to become the most successful film in the series to date, making almost $450m worldwide - more than the first two movies put together.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld previously said that he did not rule out the possibility of a fourth film. ‘When people ask me about a sequel I say “let’s finish this one first” he admitted during production of Men In Black III. We’ll see. It would have to be in outer space.’–Metro