Watch the New Bad Boys For Life Trailer

Do you remember being a small child, and the excitement of Christmas morning? Did Santa come? Was he glad you left out milk and cookies? Did he bring you that new bike?

Well that level of excitement is the very same being felt right now by anybody born in the late ’80s, thanks to the exciting news from Sony Pictures Entertainment overnight: Bad Boys has its third and final instalment.

When, in 1995, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence graced the silver screen as Miami-Dade detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett respectively, crowds went wild. The high-octane action film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay was exactly what audiences were craving, and the sexy addition of Tea Leoni, who joins the pair of scallywags as they try to take down a notoriously evil drug kingpin, was a recipe for cinematic success.

It was so successful, in fact, that in 2003 we were treated to a sequel (preeeeeeeetty much the same storyline, but nobody gave a rat’s–the on-screen chemistry of Smith and Lawrence is second to none, and the fast-flying wisecracks soon became folklore amongst fans).

But then, the line went dead. Hushed rumours of a mysterious third Bad Boys film have been floating around Hollywood for some time, but these have only served to wind hopeful fans up thus far. Until now, that is.

In this new trailer, we FINALLY get to see the dynamic duo back, doing what they do best: shooting a lot of bad folks. Titled Bad Boys for Life, the newest iteration is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and sees the cop return for “one last time”–one of Hollywood’s favourite ways to bring back a tired cast, usually, but in this instance an indisputable recipe for a good time.

We even get the return of Joe Pantoliano as the very sweary Captain Conrad Howard.

At a time when Hollywood is obsessed with rehashes and reboots, a sequel may not be the original content we all so desire, but in this instance, we’ll make an exception.

Bad Boys for Life is set for a January 17 release date in the US.