Rumors of a third film in the Bad Boys series have been circling since 2008, and last October Sony officially confirmed that both Bad Boys III and Bad Boys IV were coming. But would star Will Smith return for either movie?
Now we know he’s in. Asked about sequels during a recent BBC Radio interview, Smith told the interviewer that he crossed paths with Bad Boys co-star Martin Lawrence recently for the first time in several years and that the duo are “definitely doing another one.”
It’s the first sequel he’s said yes to since 2012’s Men in Black 3. Smith also revealed that he passed on appearing in the Independence Day follow-up due to a scheduling conflict with his role in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, and laughed at the notion of a Wild Wild West 2.
Almost thirteen years have passed since Bad Boys II, which saw Smith reprise his role as Miami cop Mike Lowrey alongside Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett. The film was panned by critics, but was a financial success, making more than $273 million dollars worldwide.
The subject of another movie in the franchise first arose in 2008, when director Michael Bay said he would be interested in a third film, but that cost – specifically his salary and Smith’s salary – would be an issue.
Lawrence first confirmed Bad Boys III was still in the works in 2011 during an appearance on BET, then formally announced it as part of a 2014 visit to Conan O’Brien’s talk show Conan.
Sony has scheduled Bad Boys III for release on Feb. 17, 2017, with Bad Boys IV to follow two and a half years later, on July 3, 2019.
Watch the BBC Radio interview with Smith below (the Bad Boys talk happens at about 2:45):