Bad Boys for Life

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Bad Boys for Life
Bad Boys for Life - teaser poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by
  • Adil El Arbi
  • Bilall Fallah
Produced by
Written by
Based onCharacters
by George Gallo
Starring
Music byLorne Balfe[1]
CinematographyRobrecht Heyvaert
Edited byDan Lebental
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Bad Boys for Life is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith and starring Smith and Martin Lawrence. The sequel to Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003) and the third installment in the Bad Boys trilogy, the film follows detectives Lowrey and Burnett reuniting once again when a Romanian mob boss exacts revenge on the duo just as they are about to officially retire.

A third Bad Boys film was discussed after the success of the second, with original director Michael Bay stating he would be interested in returning but budget constraints would make it difficult. The film went through several attempts at development over the next decade, with various writers and directors attached. Finally in October 2018 the project was officially announced, and filming took place from January through June 2019 in Atlanta and Miami.

Bad Boys for Life is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on January 17, 2020, by Columbia Pictures.

Premise[edit]

The once inseparable duo of Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery is coming apart: an aging Burnett has become a police inspector while Lowery, suffering a midlife crisis, is assigned to head up AMMO, a "young guns" group of millennial cops with whom he has nothing in common. Both of them reunite once again when a fierce Romanian mob boss, whose brother they defeated years earlier, exacts retaliation on Mike just as the duo are about to officially retire.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In June 2008, Michael Bay director of the first two Bad Boys films, stated that he may direct Bad Boys III, but that the greatest obstacle to the potential sequel would be the cost, as he and Will Smith demand some of the highest salaries in the film industry.[9] By August 2009, Columbia Pictures had hired Peter Craig to write the script for Bad Boys III.[10] In February 2011, Martin Lawrence reiterated that the film was in development.[11] In June 2014, Bruckheimer announced that screenwriter David Guggenheim was working on the storyline for the sequel.[12] Two months later, Lawrence said a script had been written and parts had been cast.[13] By June 2015, director Joe Carnahan was in early talks to write and possibly direct the film.[14] In August 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Bad Boys III would be released on February 17, 2017, and that additional sequel, Bad Boys IV, is scheduled for release on July 3, 2019.[15] On March 5, 2016, the film was pushed to June 2, 2017.[16] Producers planned to begin production in early 2017.[17] On August 11, 2016, the film was pushed back once again to January 12, 2018, to avoid box office competition with the upcoming DC Comics film Wonder Woman, and retitled Bad Boys for Life.[18] Lawrence revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that filming may start in March 2017.[19] On February 6, 2017, it was announced that the film's release date has been delayed for the third time, to November 9, 2018.[20] On March 7, 2017, Carnahan left the movie due to scheduling conflicts.[21] In August 2017, Sony removed the third film from their release schedule and later in the month Lawrence said the film would not be happening.[22]

In February 2018, it was reported that a sequel film was again being planned and would be directed by Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles.[23] According to Geek Worldwide, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise will film from November 2018 to March 2019 in Miami and Atlanta with the release date scheduled for January 17, 2020.[24][25]

Casting[edit]

In October 2018, Variety revealed that Sony was close to green-lighting the film's production.[26] In December 2018, it was reported that Joe Pantoliano, who played Captain Howard in the previous films would return to play the character.[27] In February 2019, Kate del Castillo joined the cast of the film.[28] In March 2019, it was reported that Theresa Randle, who played Marcus's wife, Theresa, in the previous films would also return to play the character.[29]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on January 14, 2019 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia[30][31][32] and wrapped on June 7, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida.[33]

Music[edit]

The film will be composed by Lorne Balfe. Both trailers for the film included an remix/mashup of "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle (the franchise's theme) and "Bad Boy for Life" by P. Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry. Artists The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin released a song titled "Ritmo", which served as a lead single on October 11, 2019 for the film's soundtrack.[34]

Release[edit]

Bad Boys for Life is scheduled to be released on January 17, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Marketing[edit]

The first official trailer for the film was released on September 4, 2019.[35] The film's second trailer was released on November 5.[36]

References[edit]

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