Sony’s planned Bad Boys sequel, Bad Boys for Life, looks like it could be emerging from its most recent coma. After the project lost director Joe Carnahan earlier this year, a November 2018 release date (the latest of many) looked in doubt. That still may be the case, but the director situation may have been solved.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing. The pair is behind films such as Black and Gangsta, while also directing episodes of the FX drug drama Snowfall (they’ve also been attached to Beverly Hills Cop 4, another long-in-development would-be franchise revival).
Bad Boys for Life is expected for release on January 17, 2020. That’s a year later than expected, but it’s better than nothing for whatever fans still remain of this long-hibernating series (we’re not being snarky — it’s been a long time since the last film).
Carnahan planned to work from his own script, but the screenplay has now been rewritten by Chris Bremner. Smith and Lawrence are both signed to return and Jerry Bruckheimer will once again be producing.
Here’s Lawrence confirming the news via Instagram:
Meanwhile, the Bad Boys spinoff TV series, in which Gabrielle Union will reprise her role as Lawrence’s sister from Bad Boys 2, is moving closer to reality, with Ernie Hudson signing up to play Union’s dad and NBC ordering a pilot for the Los Angeles-set show.
The original 1995 movie, directed by Michael Bay, put Lawrence on the map and turned Will Smith into a superstar while making tons of money. The 2002 sequel earned even more cash while cementing the chemistry between the two stars. The question is, more than 15 years later, can those stars find the magic again, especially without their hyperactive original director by their sides?