Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Return for 'Bad Boys 4'

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Close-up shot of Will Smith
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Bad Boys for life are back!

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are teaming up for the fourth installment of Bad Boys. According to Variety, Sony Pictures reportedly announced the fourth movie in the series.

The outlet also revealed Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are both attached to helm Bad Boys 4. The pair also helmed the 2020 film Bad Boys For Life, one of the last box office successes before the pandemic overtook the world.

Keep reading to find out more.

It's About Time

Will announced the news on Tuesday morning via an Instagram video, in which Martin, 57, can be seen.

"It's about that time"

Will Smith wrote on social media on Tuesday morning (January 31), as he drew up to his co-house stars with Shake Ya Tailfeather from the Bad Boys II soundtrack blasting.

Reactions From Friends And Fans

Will Smith

Many of Will and Martin's famous pals and fans expressed their joy in the comment section, including Timbaland, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Khaled, and others.

Pre-Production Stage

The first film in the Bad Boys series was released in 1995, followed by the second in 2003 and the third in 2020. The site stated that the fourth movie is currently under pre-production.

Who Are The Producers?

Bad Boys Promotion art
Giphy | Bad Boys For Life

Chris Brenner will pen the script, while Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will once more share directing duties.

The project will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Will Smith, Doug Belgrad, and Chad Oman. While executive producers include Martin Lawrence, James Lassiter, Barry Waldman, Jon Mone, and Mike Stenson.

The Bad Boys Have Always Been Successful

Bad Boys For Life grossed $426.5 million at the global box office, 25 years after the original Bad Boys grossed $141 million.

However, since the Oscar event in which Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, there has been a lot of conjecture about the potential sequel.

The Unforgettable Oscar Slap

The moment Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock
Giphy | Xavier Degraux

One year ago, he slapped Oscars host Chris Rock for joking about his wife's lack of hair.

She shaved to conceal the hair loss she had.

"Keep my wife's name out of your f*****g mouth,"

Smith stormed the stage, slapping Rock.

Despite sweeping the Oscars in controversy, Smith won Best Actor for his performance as the father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard - but he did not expressly apologize to Rock.

He Apologized To Chris Rock

Smith apologized to Rock for the first time in March. He issued a lengthy message on Instagram, stating that "violence in all its forms" is unacceptable.

In July, he delivered another groveling apology to Rock, revealing that his erstwhile pal hasn't forgiven him for hitting him on stage at the Oscars.

Will Smith Is A Work In Progress

Will Smith
Giphy | The Academy Awards

Smith said he'd spent the previous three months 'working' on himself and recognized now how many people he'd wounded when he hit Rock on stage at the Oscars.

And he apologized to Rock's family for his conduct. Rock has told Will that he is not ready to talk about the incident, but Will says he will wait until he is.

Will also apologized to his wife Jada.

Martin Had Earlier Confirmed

Martin Lawrence
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However, Martin Lawrence confirmed to Ebony during the summer that he and Will were still on the hook for one more Bad Boys picture.

“We got one more at least, for us to come together and prove that we can deliver, and we can pull people into the box office — that two Black stars, two sitcom stars, could make money at the box office [was huge].”

Lawrence said in July.

No doubt the duo would blow our minds again with this one.