6 October, 2015 - NME.com
Will Smith has given an update on action-comedy sequel Bad Boys 3.
Sony has scheduled the sequel - which follows on from 1995's Bad Boys and 2003's Bad Boys 2 - for release on February 17, 2017. The studio has also slated a fourth Bad Boys film for release on July 3, 2019.
During an interview on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show, Smith confirmed that Bad Boys 3 is on track for a February 2017 release, saying: "There is a very, very, very strong possibility that you will be seeing a Bad Boys within the next 12 to 16 months."
Smith starred opposite Martin Lawrence in the first two Bad Boys movies, both of which performed well at the box office. Following years of rumours, Sony officially announced Bad Boys 3 and Bad Boys 4 in August.
Joe Carnahan (2010's The A-Team, 2011's The Grey) is rumoured to be on board to co-write and direct the first sequel. Franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer has said he is hopeful of persuading Michael Bay, director of the first two Bad Boys movies, to contribute to the third and fourth instalments in some capacity.
Meanwhile, Will Smith has also announced that he is in the process of tentatively reviving his music career, saying: "I've recorded a lot. I don't have anything I like yet, but I've probably recorded seven or eight [songs]. It's not for certain, it's just explorative."