“It’s official!” Will Smith and Martin Lawrence confirm third ‘Bad Boys’ film is finally happening

After more than a decade of toing-and-froing

The third instalment of Bad Boys has been confirmed by co-stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

In a video shared by Smith today (November 1), the actors tell viewers that the new movie, Bad Boys For Life, is going to happen.

“I’m telling y’all…this is crazy, wait, wait, just wait..it’s official!” Smith yells in the video with Lawrence by his side.

“That’s it, no more, ya’ll can’t handle no more of that!”

The news follows years of rumours, confirmations, and delays. Bad Boys II, the second film in the franchise, was released 15 years ago. Conversations about its follow-up were instigated as far back as that period.

Then, in 2015, Sony confirmed that Bad Boys III, as it was initially titled, was set for a February 2017 release. In 2016, the date was shifted forward again to January 2018.

Bad Boys is an action-comedy centred around two narcotics detectives in Miami. The first film was released in 1995.

The original movie grossed $65 million, with the second instalment earning $138m worldwide despite poor reviews.

Bad Boys For Life is planned for a 2020 release, with Smith returning as Detective Mike Lowrey and Lawrence as Detective Marcus Burnett.

Michael Bay helmed the first two films. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Snowfall) are directing the new film.