Will Smith, Martin Lawrence reteaming for fourth Bad Boys movie

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are reteaming for a fourth Bad Boys movie, in one of Smith’s most high-profile new projects since the slap.

Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday (Jan 31) that the untitled Bad Boys sequel is in early pre-production. In a video posted on Instagram, Smith filmed himself driving to Lawrence’s house. Embracing at the door, Smith exclaims, “It’s about that time!”

Development on the Bad Boys sequel, which follows 2020’s Bad Boys For Life, was reportedly put on hold after Smith hit Chris Rock at last March’s Academy Awards. But last May, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman disputed those reports.

“There weren’t any brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving,” said Rothman. “That was a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment, except to say that I’ve known Will Smith for many years, and I know him to be a good person. That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment, in front of the world. I believe his apology and regret is genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”

Shortly before the pandemic shuttered theaters, Bad Boys For Life was a box-office hit, grossing US$426 million worldwide. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is returning for the fourth film, as are Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

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