It’s been 15 years since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence teamed up for the hotly anticipated sequel, Bad Boys II. A third film has been planned ever since, but through delays and other issues, it’s never gone into production — until now.
Reports say that Sony Pictures is now in negotiations with Belgium filmmaking team Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah to direct the third film, titled Bad Boys for Life.
El Arbi & Fallah were born in Morocco but raised in Belgium and first gained notice for their 2015 film, Black, which is a sort of modern-day take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
The duo has a new film titled Gangsta releasing this year and helmed the first three episodes of the new FX series, Snowfall.
Blockbuster director Michael Bay directed the first two films but has since moved on to bigger projects, such as the Transformers series.
The A-Team director Joe Carnahan was signed to write and direct a Bad Boys sequel for several years, with the studio even planning a fourth film for 2019.
Early last year, Carnahan left the film due to scheduling conflicts, which left the entire project in limbo until today’s announcement.
Production on Bad Boys for Life is expected to begin in August, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer returning alongside Smith and Lawrence.
At the same time, NBC is moving forward with a pilot for a new spinoff series, with actress Gabrielle Union reprising her role as Lawrence’s sister.
Syd Burnett will move cross-country in the series, trading in her DEA badge for a job as an LAPD detective, paired with a working mom named Nancy McKenna.
Former Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson will also have a role on the show as Syd’s father (which also makes him Lawrence’s father, as well).
No word yet on whether Lawrence or Smith will appear on the show, though it would be a nice bit of cross-promotion for the new film.