Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are reuniting for a fourth “Bad Boys” film, marking Smith’s most high-profile new project since the slap.
Sony Pictures announced on Tuesday that the untitled “Bad Boys” sequel is in the early stages of development. Smith filmed himself driving to Lawrence’s house and posted it on Instagram. Smith exclaims, “It’s about that time!” as they embrace at the door.
“The verdict is in!” Smith declares as he announces the upcoming new project.
Everything you need to know about Will Smith and Chris Rock’s infamous Oscars 2022 slap
The “Bad Boys” sequel, which will follow 2020’s “Bad Boys for Life,” was reportedly put on hold after Smith hit Chris Rock at the Academy Awards last March.
Rock was presenting the Academy Award for best documentary feature when he joked about a “G.I. Jane” sequel, referring to Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has a bald head. Pinkett Smith has previously spoken out about her alopecia.
Smith appeared to laugh at Rock’s joke at first, but then rolled her eyes and appeared upset. Smith then walked up to the stage, slapped Rock, and returned to his seat.
“Will Smith just slapped the (expletive) out of me,” Rock said to the audience, deadpanned.
“Don’t say anything about my wife’s name,” Smith yelled.
Later that night, Smith would win the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Serena and Venus Williams’ father, Richard Williams, in “King Richard.”
Last May, Sony Pictures CEO Tom Rothman denied reports that the “Bad Boys” film had been halted due to the controversy.
“There were no brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving,” Rothman explained.
“That was a very unfortunate incident, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment on it, other than to say that I’ve known Will Smith for many years and know him to be a good person. That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment in public. I believe in forgiveness and redemption, and I believe in his genuine apology and regret.”
“Bad Boys for Life” was a box-office success shortly before the pandemic, grossing $426 million worldwide. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as “Bad Boys For Life” directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, will return for the fourth instalment.