Martin Lawrence (left) and Will Smith, stars of "Bad Boys II," pose together at the film's premiere in Los Angeles in 2003. Reuters/Fred Prouser

Highly anticipated movies like “Bad Boys 3” and “The Dark Tower” will be released in 2017, Sony has announced. The two movies are among 16 for which the company has announced the release dates.

Sony Pictures has announced in a press release that “Bad Boys 3” will be released on Feb. 17, 2017, and “Bad Boys 4” on July 3, 2019. The two movies will continue the franchise that started two decades ago.

The first “Bad Boys” movie was released in 1995, starring Will Smith as Mike Lowrey and Martin Lawrence as Marcus Burnett. Two characters are police officers who investigate a case about stolen drugs in the movie. The sequel to the movie was released in the year 2003, in which both Smith and Lawrence reprised their roles as police officers and the plot focused on the drug Ecstasy.

Sony also announced that “The Dark Tower” will be released on Jan. 13, 2017. The movie is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, and according to a report by Deadline, the first movie in the series will be based on the book “The Gunslinger.” The plot revolves around a gunslinger called Roland Deschain searching for a dark tower to save the world.

Some of the other release dates of movies releasing in 2017 that Sony announced include “Resident Evil 6” on Jan. 27, “Baby Driver” on March 17, “Barbie” on June 2, “Uncharted” on June 30 and “The Lamb” on Dec. 8. The movies releasing in 2016 include “Money Monster” releasing on April 8, “The Shallows” on June 24, “Ghostbusters” on July 15, “Patient Zero” on Sept. 2, “The Magnificent Seven” on Sept. 23, “Underworld 5” on Oct. 21, “Passengers” on Dec. 21 and “Jumanji” on Dec. 25.

The announcement clarifies that the release dates of “Ghostbusters,” “The Magnificent Seven” and “Uncharted” have been changed. The announcement touts the list of “diverse” and “globally oriented” films that include titles that have franchise potential such as “The Dark Tower,” titles from established franchises like “Bad Boys 3,” adaptations from “beloved source material” like “Jumanji” and “daring original films” like “Passengers.”