On Instagram today, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence confirmed that Sony's Bad Boys for Life is finally going forward, and they're respectively reprising their roles as Detectives Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The franchise's original producer Jerry Bruckheimer is also returning. "They loved the first movies, but they're not afraid to change things up".
Smith then posted a picture from Bad Boys, while delivering the promise that Martin Lawrence's character won't carry a beeper in this latest film.
It seems the Bad Boys franchise has had trouble all-around with getting projects off the ground, as a spin-off pilot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba was ordered by NBC, but ended up not getting picked up to series.
One of the reasons for the sequel's delay was the schedules of the stars, with Smith constantly in demand and Lawrence reluctant to don the holster again.
Bad Boys 3 has been in pre-production for a long time, with both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence supposedly on board, and TV directors Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah set to be in charge behind the camera. It's not that I don't think it could be good (although I'm not a fan of Bad Boys II), but rather that I will only believe they're actually making it when I'm sitting in the cinema and watching the credits roll. The third film, which had now been retitled to Bad Boys For Life, got delayed to August 2018 and Carnahan exited over scheduling conflicts.