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Martin Lawrence, Will Smith confirm third installment of 'Bad Boys' franchise

‘Bad Boys for Life’ is a-go and will feature the original cast.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are kicking off November with an announcement over 15 years in the making: it's Bad Boys for life!

Taking to Instagram, the actors confirmed that a deal for Sony's third installment of the Bad Boys franchise has finally been approved. The best part? Both will be reprising their original roles as Detectives Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett.

"It's official! Bad Boys 3 is happening! It's official," yelled Smith, taping himself and Lawrence geeking out from the beach in Santa Monica, CA.

As reported by Deadline, production is slated to begin in mid-January. Directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be taking on the project, which will follow a script written by Chris Bremnar. Additionally, the franchise's original producer Jerry Bruckheimer will also be returning.

Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003) helped further solidify the careers of Lawrence and Smith respectively, with both films grossing $414.7M worldwide. The action comedy films follow the story of the two hilarious and semi-eccentric narcotics detectives in the Miami Police Department who, naturally, fight crime and kick ass, always seeming to find a way to pull off the impossible when it comes to nabbing the bad guys.

The film, which is tentatively titled Bad Boys For Life, is scheduled to open in theaters on Jan. 17, 2020.

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