Back in June, we reported that Sony's long-awaited Bad Boys 3 is finally coming together, with Joe Carnahan coming aboard to write and direct the sequel. Just a few months later, Sony announced that Bad Boys 3 will arrive on February 17, 2017, with Bad Boys 4 set for July 3, 2019. While the project is certainly moving forward, the studio still hasn't confirmed whether or not Bad Boys and Bad Boys II stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will return for the sequel. During a radio interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra, Will Smith confirmed that both he and Martin Lawrence will be back as Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett.
"I saw Martin a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen him for about two years, and we just looked at each other. We hugged and in that moment we both knew we were making another Bad Boys. So we're definitely doing another one."
The sequel had been in development for several years, but a report from August claimed that Will Smith hasn't signed on yet, and while he may still produce the sequel, there was no guarantee that he would come back to star. While it still isn't known if both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have officially signed on quite yet, this long-awaited sequel is closer to happening now than it has ever been in the past decade. It isn't known if any other franchise stars such as Gabrielle Union, Theresa Randle and Joe Pantoliano will come back at this time.
Another big question mark for Bad Boys 3 is whether or not Michael Bay will be involved in any way. 1995's Bad Boys marked the filmmaker's directorial debut, and he came back eight years later to direct the follow-up Bad Boys II as well. Michael Bay's career has certainly skyrocketed since then, directing the lucrative Transformers franchise, and, most recently, his war drama 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which debuted last month. It isn't known if Michael Bay even has any desire to return to the franchise, 12 years after he made Bad Boys II.
With a February 2017 release date already set, production will certainly have to begin sometime in the near future, but it isn't known if Joe Carnahan has finished work on the script or not. Are you looking forward to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning for Bad Boys 3? Chime in with your thoughts, and take a look at Will Smith's video interview below, with the Bad Boys 3 talk coming at the 2:47 mark.