Will Smith to make FOURTH Bad Boys movie with Martin Lawrence – as announcement is made a year after THAT Oscars slap
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are returning for the fourth installment of Bad Boys.
The news comes one year after Will, 54, slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars over his joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
The fourth film in the franchise was confirmed by Sony Pictures, according to Variety.
On Tuesday morning, Will shared an Instagram video announcing the news – with Martin, 57, making an appearance in the clip.
The latest: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are returning for the fourth installment of Bad Boys
The Bad Boys franchise began in 1995, with the sequel released in 2003 and the third film in 2020.
The fourth film in in pre-production, the outlet reported.
The script will be written by Chris Brenner, with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah set to direct once more.
Jerry Bruckheimer is set to produce the project along with Will, Doug Belgrad and Chad Oman.
Stars: The fourth film in the franchise was confirmed by Sony Pictures, according to Variety; seen in a still from the film
Martin, James Lassiter, Barry Waldman, Jon Mone and Mike Stenson will serve as executive producers.
Hours after the news broke, Will took to his Instagram account to confirm the big news.
The Instagram video Will shared shows him heading to Martin’s house with his camera capturing the moment.
Will said: ‘Yo, I’ve got an announcement. Y’all better stop scrolling.’
The tune, Shake Ya Tailfeather, which is from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, began playing.
Latest: The Bad Boys franchise began in 1995, with the sequel released in 2003 and the third film in 2020; seen in the first installment
Here goes! Hours after the news broke, Will took to his Instagram account to confirm the big news
Reunion: The tune, Shake Ya Tailfeather, which is from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, began playing
The star arrives at Martin’s door where they announce the news of the fourth installment of the project.
‘It’s about time!’ Martin said with Will adding: ‘Bad boys for life baby. For life.’
The news comes one year after he slapped Oscars host Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife’s lack of hair.
She shaved off to cover up hair loss she had experienced.
Rock, who was hosting the show, joked that Smith’s wife Jada looked like ‘G.I. Jane’ because of her bald head.
Smith stormed the stage and slapped Rock after fuming: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth.’
Despite sweeping the Oscars up in controversy, Smith still won the award for Best Actor for starring as the father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard. – but he did not specifically apologize to Rock.
Smith issued his first apology to Rock back in March. He posted a lengthy statement on Instagram where he said ‘violence in all its forms’ was wrong.
In July he issued another groveling apology to Rock and revealed his former friend still hasn’t forgiven him for slapping him on-stage at the Oscars.
The duo: The stars seen in the Bad Boys poster
Smith said he’d taken the last three months to ‘work’ on himself and realized now how many people he hurt when he smacked Rock on stage at the awards.
‘I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk when he is, he will reach out. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.’
He also apologized to Rock’s mother and his entire family, specifically Rock’s mother and his younger brother Tony.
‘I just didn’t realize how many people got hurt in that moment, so I want to apologize to Chris’s mother. I want to apologize.
‘I want to apologize to Tony Rock… Tony Rock was my man and this is probably irreparable,’ he said.
He also apologized to Jada, his wife whose honor he claimed to be defending with the outburst, and said she had ‘nothing to do with it’.
‘I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment.
Slap: Will Smith has said he ‘completely understands’ if people are deterred from watching his new film Emancipation after his shocking Oscars slap in March
‘I’m not going to try to unpack all of that right now but I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment.
‘There is no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.’
He went on to win Best Actor for his role in King Richard that night, but he did not specifically apologize to Rock.
Insisting that his wife had nothing to do with the slap, he went on: ‘I made a choice of my own from my own experiences from my history with Chris.
‘Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry, babe.
‘I want to say sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I brought on all of us.
‘To all my fellow nominees, this is a community.
‘It’s like, I won because you voted for me and it breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment.’
Smith went on to claim that ‘disappointing people’ is his ‘central trauma’.
‘I can still see Questlove’s eyes. You know it happened on Questlove’s award. You know, it’s like.
‘I’m sorry really isn’t sufficient.
‘Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down so it hurts.
‘It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me, and the work I am trying to do is I am deeply remorseful.
Joke: Independence Day star Smith has previously said he was left incensed by a joke Rock made about his wife’s lack of hair, which she shaved off to cover up hair loss she had experienced (pictured March at the Oscars)
‘And I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m human and I made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of s**t.
‘I would say to those people I know it was confusing, I know it was shocking, but I promise you I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy into the world.
‘And, you know, if you hang on I promise we’ll be able to be friends again,’ he said to the fans he had let down.
Rock only recently addressed the controversy at a Madison Square Garden show, where he laughed it off.
‘Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,’ he told the crowd.
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