Bad Boys producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been negotiating with Will Smith to come back for the third instalmment for some time now and it looks like the two parties have settled on an agreement.
As reported by TMZ, Smith has agreed with the producer and although nothing has been officially signed, it looks to be a done deal. According to the report, Bruckheimer and Smith hashed things out over a four hour dinner, followed up by lunch the next day, where they discussed the contract and new script.
Bad Boys III and IV have already been confirmed for release dates of February 17, 2017 and July 3, 2019, respectively.
Smith has made comments in the past that he and co-star Martin Lawrence would “definitely” return for the sequels, so this news is hardly surprising. The third film likely would have proceeded with or without Smith’s involvement, but having the series’ most bankable star on board can only help the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Bad Boys II at this point.