After languishing in development for years, Sony's Bad Boys 3 finally started moving forward in the right direction, when filmmaker Joe Carnahan came aboard to write and direct. We haven't heard too much about the project yet, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealing in April that they have yet to get a script in from the writer-director, although later that month, the movie was also featured as part of a sizzle reel shown to exhibitors at CinemaCon. Today we have word that the sequel has a new title, Bad Boys for Life, while the movie has been pushed by six months into 2018.
Exhibitor Relations revealed on Twitter that the title has been changed to Bad Boys For Life, with the movie being pushed from June 2, 2017 to January 12, 2018. The action sequel will now go up against 20th Century Fox's Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Paramount's Sherlock Gnomes. No plot details have been given thus far, and we still don't know for sure if Joe Carnahan has turned in the script of not.
Will Smith confirmed in February that both he and Martin Lawrence will reprise their roles as Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. It isn't known if other franchise stars such as Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano or Gabrielle Union will return to reprise their roles. Jerry Bruckheimer is also returning to produce, but we don't know if Bad Boys and Bad Boys II director Michael Bay will be involved in any capacity. The original Bad Boys marked Michael Bay's directorial debut back in 1995.
The first "Bad Boys" was released in 1995 and grossed $66 million domestically and $141 million worldwide. The 2003 sequel grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide. Back in February, Joe Carnahan revealed a pre-visualization sequence for a freeway motorcycle chase sequence, but that is the only thing we've seen or heard from this sequel, at least in regards to the story. With the release date being pushed to early 2017, it seems likely that filming won't begin until early 2017, or possibly late 2016.
Will Smith is expected to start filming on Bright for Netflix later this year, and there have been rumors that Warner Bros. wants him to start filming Suicide Squad 2 in early 2017, but that hasn't been confirmed. Martin Lawrence most recently starred in the 2014 FX TV series Partners with Kelsey Grammer, which only lasted one season. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on Bad Boys For Life as soon as we have more details.