For years, we’ve been teased with the possibility of Bad Boys 3 hitting theaters. After the first two films shattered expectations, it’s only right that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to give us a third helping from their thrilling series. With Michael Bay ousted out of the picture as director, Smokin’ Aces   and  The Grey filmmaker  Joe Carnahan, will quarterback the third installment. After speaking with The Collider regarding new updates for the elusive flick, Carnahan dropped a bevy of gems. Look below.

On the gap between Bad Boys 2 and Bad Boys 3:

“We’re certainly not ignoring that, and that is a part of it. What happens 15 years on and where’s your life at now and what did you foresee yourself, it’s really rich material in that way. That part I’m really excited about, it’s a lot of exploring where are they now.”

On how the chemistry between Will and Martin intrigued him to come on-board:

“It’s a very grounded, as much as it can be, Miami narcotics/robbery/homicide cops [story], two lifelong friends, these things are all appealing to me. That and knowing and doing something that I thought would be interesting, that would be an interesting challenge. Because those other films are Michael Bay’s and if you’re gonna come in you really gotta take it, you really gotta own that franchise. I came at it from a screenwriter’s standpoint and wrote my own version of the story, which is always exciting and fun. That’s what it was, being able to, as a writer, put my own spin on that world, more than anything else.

On the numerous villains set to appear on Bad Boys 3:

“It wasn’t challenging [coming up with the antagonist]. It should’ve been. You’ve got all these years in the game and you’ve made all these enemies, you’ve accumulated all this, so in that respect it would be easy. But I don’t wanna say anything else because I don’t wanna ruin the delicacy of who our antagonist is, because I think it’s very cool. It’s not one person. It’s a multi-headed hydra, I’ll say that. It works beautifully.”

On working with Will Smith:

“It’s been a pretty centralized process. I’ve been writing this thing for the better part of a year. And at times, Will and I have discussed this too, it’s nice to drop back and just worry about the directing part of it and have people come to you, so that you don’t burn out completely. We know we have to satisfy X, Y, and Z, let me take a shot at this, and see if it comes back and see if you like it, see if it works. In that respect, Will’s been wonderful and a lot of fun, and always a willing participant, always welcoming… It’s a constant search for making it better and better and better. And I applaud that, that’s a hell of a trait to have, because he could be the other way, like whatever, but that’s not his style.”

The movie is set to be out Jan. 2018. We honestly don't know if we can wait that long.