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Sony to release two Bad Boys sequels in the next four years

WHAT YOU GON' DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU: The first Bad Boys film, starring Will Smith (right) and Martin Lawrence, came out in 1995

AFTER YEARS of murmured talks, Sony Pictures has finally confirmed that they will be releasing not one - but two Bad Boys sequels.

The third film in the crime action franchise is slated for 2017, with Bad Boys 4 planned to be released two years later.

Though Sony has not confirmed any casting decisions, both original lead actors Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have said to be been keen to start filming together again, so it's assumed that the two Hollywood stars will be reprising their roles.

Comedian and actor Lawrence appeared on talk show, Conan, last summer and announced that Bad Boys 3 was in the works.

He said: “I believe so. Yes. I just talked to [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said its real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close and it all looks good.”

Producer Bruckheimer also said last year that Bad Boys sequel was a victim of bad timing: "It’s so funny because we’ll get Sony real excited to make the movie, and then Will [Smith] is off doing two movies.

"And then, Will will come back and be real excited about it, and Sony will say, ‘Well, maybe it’s not the time for this.’ And then, [Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's] Ride Along came out and was a big hit, and now they’re all excited to make the movie, but Will is off doing something else.

He added: "It’s just trying to get everybody together to make it. But, we’re working on the script. We have a lot of faith and hope that we’ll do it."

The first Bad Boys movie came out in 1995, with the sequel following in 2003.

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