Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will return in Bad Boys 4, despite reports that the film had been put on hold.
Will Smith lives to fight another day, or movie. The actor infamously slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year and following the scandal, most of Smith’s projects had been put on hold, including Sony’s Bad Boys 4.
In an interview with Deadline, Sony Chairman Tim Rothman said Bad Boys 4 is still heading to our screens. “That movie’s been in development and still is,” Rothman said, calling the slap incident “unfortunate.”
“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” he added.
In a slightly strange comment, Rothman also noted that they have Bullet Train from David Leitch the horizon this summer, as well as Where The Crawdads Sing, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, “for women.”
“I absolutely believe that women will come back to the box office” Rothman commented, as if women as a whole have been missing somehow. 73% of the people who went to see Downton Abbey: A New Era were women in the US.
Rothman also promised that there will be more Ghostbusters films, after the most recent instalment, Afterlife, proved to be very successful. Rothman also noted Sony is keen to start work on a new Spider-Man film soon, with Jon Watts, Tom Holland and Zendaya hopefully returning.