Will Smith and Martin Lawrence sign on for two new ‘Bad Boys’ films

The third installment of the franchise has been pushed back a year, however

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have signed up for two more Bad Boys films.

The acting duo starred in the original action-comedy film in 1995, and reprised their roles as Detectives Marcus Barnett and Mike Lowrey eight years later for its sequel, Bad Boys II.

While the long-awaited third installment of the series has been in the pipeline since 2008, it has now been reported that Smith and Lawrence will also star in a fourth Bad Boys film in 2019. The third film, Bad Boys For Life, will now be released on January 12 2018, with the as-yet-untitled (provisionally titled Bad Boys IV) fourth film hitting cinemas in May 2019 – in time for Memorial Weekend in the US.

Bad Boys For Life was originally scheduled for a release next June, but Sony have now pushed back that release date, as Variety reports. The A-Team director Joe Carnahan will take the reins from Michael Bay, who helmed the first two Bad Boys films, for the new movie. Jerry Bruckheimer is returning in a producer role.

The change in release date for Bad Boys For Life has somewhat freed up Smith’s schedule for June 2017, which may strengthen rumours that he and DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform at next year’s Glastonbury.

“We had interest in Glastonbury last year, whenever the decision comes down, I’m there,” Jazzy Jeff told Bang Showbiz in November. “The biggest part of us doing this [reuniting] is the clearing of the schedule. I tour about 180 days out of the year but he makes movies so it’s more on his side of having to clear a schedule for us to be able to rehearse and go on the road.