Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are teaming up once more for a fourth Bad Boys movie, in one of Smith’s most high-profile new projects since the infamous Oscars slap.
Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday that the untitled Bad Boys sequel is in early pre-production.
Development on the Bad Boys sequel, which follows 2020’s Bad Boys For Life, was reportedly put on hold after Smith hit Chris Rock at last March’s Academy Awards.
“That was a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment, except to say that I’ve known Will Smith for many years, and I know him to be a good person.
“That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment, in front of the world. I believe his apology and regret is genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”
Shortly before the lockdown shut cinemas, Bad Boys for Life was a box-office hit, earning 426 million dollars (£345.7 million) worldwide.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is returning for the fourth film, as are Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.