We never thought it’d happen … but “Bad Boys for Life,” the third film in the over-the-top action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, is finally coming out. And you know how we know? Because there’s an official trailer to prove it!
The third “Bad Boys” feature has been caught in a cycle of false starts and dead ends, with development officially beginning more than 10 years ago in August 2009 when the first screenwriter was hired to write the script. In the course of those ten years, at least two directors have dropped out (franchise mastermind Michael Bay, who was too expensive, and Joe Carnahan, who clashed with star Will Smith but still retains a screenwriting credit) and countless iterations of the script commissioned. Filming finally took place this year, from January to June, under the direction of Belgian filmmaking team Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and leadership of franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
And honestly … the trailer looks pretty great. It’s got all the hallmarks of the franchise (explosions, macho posturing, F-bombs) in a less expansive Michael Bay-sized package. In other words: we’re in!
“Bad Boys for Life” hits theaters (yes actually) on January 17, 2020.