Will Smith and Martin Lawrence

Third Installment of Bad Boys Franchise Titled “Bad Boys For Life”

(AllHipHop News) The “Bad Boys 3” release date has been pushed back until early 2018.

The third installment of the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence franchise was due to hit cinemas from June 2017, but has now been pushed back to January 2018.

Sony just recently announced the release date shake-up, as well the film’s official title; “Bad Boys for Life.”

The original two movies, “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II,” released in 1995 and 2003 respectively, were both helmed by Michael Bay, but it’s rumored Joe Carnahan will be taking over for the third chapter.

However, IMDB has already added details of “Bad Boys 4,” with Michael attached to produce.

“Bad Boys” follows detectives Mike Lowrey (Will) and Marcus Burnett (Martin) as they investigate drug-related crimes.

Sony insiders say there will be additional casting announced soon, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

It wasn’t known if Will, who’s currently gracing theaters in “Suicide Squad,”!would definitely return to the franchise, but he confirmed the news earlier this year in a chat with BBC Radio 1 Xtra.

“I saw Martin a few weeks ago. I haven’t seen him in about two years. We looked at each other. We hugged. In that moment, we knew we were making another ‘Bad Boys’. We’re definitely doing another one,” he told delighted listeners.

Martin shared the news that another Bad Boys flick had been given the green light during an appearance on Conan in 2014.

Talking to host Conan O’Brien, Martin explained how mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer was fully on board.

“I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said it’s real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close, and it all looks good,” he said.

Martin hasn’t been seen on the big screen since 2011’s “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” working instead in TV.