Will Smith has been dangling the possibility of a Bad Boys sequel for quite awhile now, saying back in October that, “There is a very, very, very strong possibility that you will be seeing a ‘Bad Boys’ within the next 12-16 months.” Still, what wasn’t known (and still is 100% for sure) is how Smith and co-star Martin Lawrence will be involved — will they star? Produce? Appear only in cameos? Michael Bay directed the original movie in 1995 and then followed-up with Bad Boys 2 in 2003 with more profile and much bigger budget. So what’s the plan for Bad Boys 3?
Today, Complex alerted us that we now know a little bit more. Kinda. Maybe. In speaking to BBC Radio 1, Smith dropped a few more details about the sequel, and about his rekindled friendship with Lawrence:
“I saw Martin [Lawrence] a few weeks ago,” Smith reveals. “I haven’t seen him for about two years. We just looked at each other. We hugged. In that moment, we knew we were making another Bad Boys. We’re definitely doing another one.”
So the key word here is “definitely,” which is about the only fact we can cling to at the moment. The studio has already penciled in release dates for Bad Boys 3 and 4 for February 17th, 2017 and July 3rd, 2019, but of course, that could all change depending on what production actually looks like. But the hugging, the looking into each other’s eyes …
Right? Can we interpret that to mean more than just a cameo — maybe a full-fledged sequel? If so, what would you like to see from the duo? Or would you prefer that they hand the franchise off to a new generation of actors?
In other news, Smith also confirmed, however, that “there probably will not be a Wild Wild West 2.” Can’t win ‘em all.
Check out the full interview below: