It’s been gestating for years, but it looks like we may soon be getting a third Bad Boys movie.
After the exit of filmmaker Joe Carnahan, who flirted with directing and writing the picture, it appeared Bad Boys 3 would never get off the ground. Even Martin Lawrence said he didn’t “think it going to happen”.
Well, chin up, Lawrence, you may have another blockbuster film gig after all. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has entered negotiations with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to take the helm of Bad Boys for Life, with a production start possibly going ahead as soon as August.
Moroccan-born filmmakers El Arbi and Fallah are known for crime/gang-related pictures Image, Gangsta and Black, the latter of which enjoyed a strong reception from its Toronto Film Festival debut. The duo are also attached to another Jerry Bruckheimer-produced sequel, Beverly Hills Cop 4.
The most recent screenplay draft comes from Chris Bremner, who is also attached to planned Universal comedy Sick Day, following three thirty-something friends as they uphold their tradition of calling in sick one day a year.
It’s been a start-stop kind of trajectory for Bad Boys for Life, which also has to bring back still in-demand star Will Smith. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, on the TV end of things, a Gabrielle Union-led Bad Boys spinoff television series is coming together with a pilot order at NBC.