After 15 years, the Bad Boys are finally about to reunite.
Deadline reports that Bad Boys For Life, the long-awaited third film in the buddy-cop franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, now has a release date from Sony Pictures: Jan. 17, 2020. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are attached to direct.
The Moroccan filmmakers attended film school together in Belgium, and directed the 2015 Belgian film Black, which catapulted them into indie stardom. Most recently, Arbi and Fallah directed the pilot and initial episodes of FX's Snowfall.
Plans for a third Bad Boys film have been in development for years, with Joe Carnahan (The A Team, Smokin' Aces) originally on board to direct, when the project was targeted for release in January 2018. Arbi and Fallah were hired by series producer Jerry Bruckheimer to replace Carnahan earlier this year. The script written by Chris Bremner (The Wedding Ringer).
Following the adventures of Miami narcotics detective Mike Lowery (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence), 1995's Bad Boys is credited with helping Smith to transition from sitcom actor to bona fide Hollywood star. The buddy-cop film received a sequel, Bad Boys II, in 2003.
Production on Bad Boys For Life is expected to begin in August.