The Bad Boys franchise has had its ups and downs, yet keeps coming back. The highly successful third film Bad Boys For Life came out in 2020 and helped rejuvenate interest in future films. It was believed that Bad Boys 4 would be greenlit, but most news surrounding the much-in-demand information had slowly died out. Well, that’s no longer the case because Bad Boys 4 is officially on the way.
Franchise stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence went online to share the news that the film was “a go.” The two announced the news on their Instagram accounts with the caption, “IT’S ABOUT TIME! ” on Tuesday. The post on their respective accounts featured a video of them getting fans of the franchise excited.
The clip begins with Smith, 54, recording himself on the way to Lawrence’s home. He tells the viewers he’s providing a “hint” as to what the big news was — before “Shake Ya Tailfeather” by Nelly, Diddy, and Murphy Lee. Anyone into the Bad Boys II soundtrack will instantly remember that jam.
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“I wish I was you not knowing what I’m about to show me,” Smith told the camera while holding that well-known smile.
Smith greets Lawrence, 57, upon arriving at his costar’s home and opening the door. The two cheered and embraced, with Smith turning the camera on them. Finally, the two confirmed, with the words, “It’s about that time!” Smith continues, “It’s official, y’all,” ensuring production on the fourth film. “Bad boys for life, baby!”
Four fingers are held up from Smith’s hand, which confirms that the film will be called Bad Boys For Life 4. Yet, Lawrence quickly to reminded his friend that the third film was already called Bad Boys for Life. “We shouldn’t have called it that, though. “The 3 was the ‘e,’ ” said Smith, adding with a laugh, “But this is Bad Boys 4. It’s official!”
The announcement comes after Lawrence told Ebony Magazine in 2022 that he’s “got one more” installment in the pipeline – for “at least” of the action-comedy series. There’s been no word if the next Bad Boys will continue the idea of setting up the franchise for a new younger group of actors — the last one hinted at that notion.