Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have announced their official return to the Bad Boys franchise for another feature film. The untitled sequel, which is in the early stages of pre-production at Sony Pictures, will see the return of the directing duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Chris Bremmer has written the script for the new movie. The announcement was made via an Instagram video post from Will Smith featuring himself and Lawrence.
This new film will come after Bad Boys For Life, which was one of the final pre-pandemic theatrical releases in 2020. The film earned $426.5 million at the global box office, which prompted Sony to confirm that a fourth project would enter development. Nothing is currently known about what this new endeavor will entail for detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett.
The new Bad Boys film will be notable for being one of the first major film releases starring Will Smith following his incident at the 2022 Academy Awards. The star actor was considered to be placed on a proverbial “blacklist” through the cancellation of various projects Smith was signed on for. Though with numerous names in Hollywood working despite more serious transgressions, it makes sense that Will Smith will be gradually folded back into the upper echelon of Hollywood blockbuster movies.