Martin Lawrence Confirms ‘Bad Boys 4’ Is Moving Forward

The project was feared to be in jeopardy after his co-star Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

Martin Lawrence has confirmed the fourth installment of Bad Boys is moving forward.

Lawrence, 57, said  in a cover story for Ebony magazine. “We got one more at least.”

He also reflected on the first film, which was released in 1995, “It was big. For us to come together and prove that we can deliver, and we can pull people into the box office—that two Black stars, two sitcom stars, could make money at the box office—[was huge]. It also was an important pivot for him personally and professionally. I didn’t go to college, so I felt TV was my college years. I felt with movies, I had graduated; it was just different.”

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The popular franchise follows Miami detectives Marcus Barnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and their up and down, but hilarious friendship. The last installment, Bad Boys For Life, the sequel to 2003’s Bad Boys II, was released in January of 2020 and opened to a $59 million domestic box office.

Many fans worried about the project’s fate after several other Smith projects stalled, were dropped or delayed following his controversial moment at this year’s Oscars, when he slapped presenter Chris Rock on stage in front of a live audience.

No word on the release date for the upcoming film.

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