Sony President Tom Rothman gave an update, saying that despite previous rumors about “Bad Boys 4”, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will still star in the movie and that it is in development. The fourth movie was announced in 2020, following the success of the third movie in the franchise, “Bad Boys for Life.” “Bad Boys 3” was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
Reports in April 2022 hinted that “Bad Boys 4” may have been put on hold after Smith attacked Chris Rock at the Oscars. Smith reportedly received a 40-page “Bad Boys 4” script before the Oscars. Sony President Rothman has denied all allegations that Smith has been suspended from participation in the sequel. Rothman; “This movie was and still is in development. As the car wasn’t moving, there weren’t any brakes to pump anyway.” As for Smith’s viral Oscar blast, Rothman said, “It was very unfortunate, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment other than to say I’ve known Will Smith for many years. He’s a nice person. “I know you are. said.
A number of Smith-led projects were halted after the now-infamous slap, including the Netflix action movie “Fast and Loose” and “Bright 2.” The AppleTV+ movie “Emancipation” also delayed its release date to stray further from the Academy Awards drama. Best Actor winner Smith was banned from the Academy Awards for the next ten years as part of disciplinary proceedings. Original “Bad Boys” director Bay previously weighed in on the controversy, saying Smith was “not that guy.”
“Mr. Boys” was released in April 1995 and grossed $141 million worldwide. The film produced two sequels, “Bad Boys II”, which earned $273 million in 2003, and “Bad Boys for Life,” which grossed $426 million after its release in January 2020.