In 1995, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith made the transition from television sitcom stars to full-blown action heroes with the success of Bad Boys. In a film that originally was slated to star Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey, Lawrence and Smith put a new spin on the buddy-cop action genre. With 2003’s Bad Boys II, the duo’s hilarious charisma mixed with the action-packed thrill ride made the characters Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey worthy of being included in the pantheon of memorable action heroes.
And it looks like they are finally set for a third outing.
As reported yesterday by ScreenRant, Miami PD detectives Burnett and Lowrey will ride together once more as Bad Boys For Life (aka Bad Boys III) has been slated to be released on January 17th, 2020. The film had previously been slated for a 2017 release when Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team) was attached as director, but that faded away when Carnahan left the project. Now, with the attachment of directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (FX’s Snowfall), Sony Pictures has green-lit the release for the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday weekend of 2020.
Bad Boys was the directorial debut of Michael Bay, who would go on to direct the 2003 sequel as well. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first two films, is currently slated as producer of the third. Writers Chris Bremner, David Guggenheim, Anthony Tambakis and Carnahan have contributed to the script, based on characters created by George Gallo. The first two films collectively scored $414.7 million worldwide, respectively.
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