MARTIN LAWRENCE AND WILL SMITH AREN’T THE ONLY “BAD BOYS FOR LIFE”
NEW DIRECTOR DUO TO HELM STALLED FILM: BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
With NBC green-lighting a TV spin-off of the classic Bad Boys franchise, the hope for Sony pictures was to have the first of two film sequels to be released and build hype for the show. Originally slated for a January 12, 2018 release, the film kept falling in production limbo as the script cycled through various directors. First, Michael Bay announced he wouldn’t be returning to the franchise that started his career and then Joe Carnahan dropped due to scheduling conflicts. The script then lay dormant for about a year, until now.
The third film in the franchise (titled Bad Boys For Life) will now be in the hands of relatively new directors instead of established, household names in directing. Directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are currently in talks to direct the film. Not much is known about these directors except that they were behind the FX series Snowfall and they made their debut in 2015 with their Belgian film Black. They are also somehow connected to the Beverly Hills Cop 4 film.
Sony Pictures still has one more film in the Bad Boys franchise to make, so they need to get everyone on board for Bad Boys For Life. The film is set to start production in August with the most recent script done by Chris Bremner. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is still set on Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reuniting, so if a greater known director isn’t available the film might as well be a test for Arbi and Fallah. Lawrence and Smith have amazing chemistry and work ethics so directing shouldn’t really be a major task.
No new release date has been set for Bad Boys For Life.