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In recent years, Will Smith and director Michael Bay have both been pretty busy, saving the world from aliens, robots, mutants, and what have you. But Martin Lawrence thinks they may soon find time in their busy schedules to reunite with him for one more buddy-cop comedy caper in the trio's 'Bad Boys' franchise.

While promoting his new comedy 'Death at a Funeral,' Lawrence told MTV News he'd spoken with both the 'I Am Legend' star and the 'Transformers' director about making 'Bad Boys III.' A script is in development, so all that needs to happen is a greenlight from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Lawrence said. In recent years, Will Smith and director Michael Bay have both been pretty busy, saving the world from aliens, robots, mutants and what have you. But Martin Lawrence thinks they may soon find time in their busy schedules to reunite with him for one more buddy-cop comedy caper in the trio's 'Bad Boys' franchise.

While promoting his new comedy 'Death at a Funeral,' Lawrence told MTV News he'd spoken with both the 'I Am Legend' star and the 'Transformers' director about making 'Bad Boys III.' A script is in development, so all that needs to happen is a greenlight from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Lawrence said.

Back in 1995, 'Bad Boys' made the film careers of then-TV stars Smith and Lawrence and music video director Bay. Eight years later, 'Bad Boys II' seemed like a victory lap for the trio. Today, the careers of all three are still going strong, especially Smith, who has become the world's most consistently bankable movie star.

Still, Lawrence says, Smith was gracious enough to visit his old pal on the 'Funeral' set to talk about a third 'Bad Boys.' "I got Big Willie to come down and see me about the movie. Isn't that something? I felt special. Life is good," he told MTV News.

Martin Lawrence talks to MTV News about another 'Bad Boys' sequel


"Any time you can get Big Willie to come out and talk about doing a third installment of a hot movie like 'Bad Boys,' you got to take notice," Lawrence said. "I met with Michael Bay, and Michael Bay said he's on board - so it's real."

Last August, Columbia hired screenwriter Peter Craig, who also had a hand in adapting the upcoming Bay-produced remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds,' to write a 'Bad Boys III' script. Now, said Lawrence, "we're just waiting on Jerry Bruckheimer to let us know when it's really real."

Well, that, and for Smith and Bay to have some free time. Bay is working on 'Transformers 3,' due next year, and about eight other movies, while Smith has more than two dozen films in the pipeline. Lawrence himself has four movies in development, including a second 'Wild Hogs' film and a third 'Big Momma' movie, due over the next two years.