Sony: Will Smith Will Still Move Forward With Bad Boys 4 Production
Written by rezierez on May 21, 2022
Will Smith is still Booked & Busy!
According to an update from Sony chairman Tom Tothman, the Will Smith & Martin Lawrence-starring flick is still in development — despite rumors suggesting otherwise.
The fourth film was announced in 2020 following the success of the third installment, “Bad Boys for Life,” the first movie in the franchise sans director Michael Bay. (“Bad Boys” 3 was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.)
Yet reports in April 2022 hinted that “Bad Boys 4” may have been on hold following Smith attacking Chris Rock at the Oscars. Smith reportedly received 40 pages of a “Bad Boys 4” script ahead of the Oscars. Sony chairman Rothman refuted any claims that Smith’s involvement in the sequel was put on hold.
“No. That was inaccurate,” Rothman told Deadline. “That movie’s been in development and still is. There weren’t any brakes to pump because the car wasn’t moving.”
As for Smith’s viral Oscars outburst, Rothman said, “That was a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don’t think it’s really my place to comment, except to say that I’ve known Will Smith for many years, and I know him to be a good person. That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment, in front of the world. I believe his apology and regret is genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption.”
A series of Smith-led projects was halted after the now-infamous slap, including the Netflix action film “Fast and Loose” and “Bright 2.” AppleTV+ film “Emancipation” also pushed its release date back to provide more of a buffer from the Academy Awards drama.