Will Smith's 'Bad Boys 3' Pushed to Winter 2018

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'Bad Boys II'

The long-gestating sequel, reteaming Smith with co-star Martin Lawrence, also gets an official title; in a separate move, Sony pushes sci-fi epic 'Life' from spring to summer 2017.

Bad Boys 3, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has been pushed back to early 2018. 

Originally slated for June 2, 2017, the threequel will now hit theaters Jan. 2, 2018, Sony announced Thursday. The movie's official title also has been revealed: Bad Boys for Life.

The first Bad Boys pic hit theaters in 1995, followed by a sequel in 2003.

Michael Bay directed the first two installments of the buddy-cop film franchise toplined by Smith and Lawrence.

Sony insiders add there will be additional casting.

There had been some question as to whether Smith would return to the franchise, but he made it clear earlier this year that he would indeed reteam with Lawrence. The former can currently be seen in theaters in Suicide Squad.

In another shuffle, Sony is moving back the release of space epic Life by two months from March 24, 2017, to Memorial Day weekend. The movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson.

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