Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent D'Onofrio. The film was based on the comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham, originally published by Aircel Comics. The film featured the creature effects and makeup of Rick Baker. The movie was a hit, grossing over USD $250 million in the United States and over $589 million worldwide. It was followed by a sequel, Men in Black II, in 2002.