Will Smith Is Returning For A Gun-Toting Turn In Bad Boys 3

​Alongside Martin Lawrence

The critical failure of Suicide Squad has taken a shot at Will Smith's gun-toting, wise-cracking credentials – so it's only understandable that he'd want to once again prove himself  by returning for the long-awaited three-quel to Bad Boys.

He's joined by original co-star Martin Lawrence, but Michael Bay's writing/directing duties are being passed over to The Grey's Joe Carnahan, who is confident that he's got "the strongest script of any of those [Bad Boys] movies. Hands down. In a walk over."

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"Unless you're Toy Story 3, usually third ones aren't the strongest, and I think this one will be the strongest of the trilogy thus far," Carnahan told io9. "There's a lot of funny shit in this movie. And there's also a very mysterious, but tonally spot-on story that I think is kind of perfect for where we are in this day and age, where the guys are and reflectively, a very modern take on these guys. It's kind of what becomes of Bad Boys when they're not boys anymore."

"There's only one Will Smith and one Martin Lawrence," Carnahan said. "You can't replace those guys and I wouldn't want to be involved if it wasn't Will and Martin. They are that franchise."

Bad Boys For Life (awful name. Just awful) hits cinemas on 12 January 2018.