Sony’s next installment in the “Bad Boys” franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence has been pushed back from its June 2, 2017, release date to Jan. 12, 2018. It’s also received an official title: “Bad Boys for Life.”
Joe Carnahan is on board to direct the buddy-cop action comedy, taking over for Michael Bay, who helmed the first two pics. After Smith attached himself to the Netflix pic “Bright,” which starts production this fall, it seemed likely the release date for “Bad Boys” would move, as production wouldn’t get underway until the first quarter of 2017.
Jerry Bruckheimer is back as producer with plot details currently under wraps.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” and Paramount animated pic “Sherlock Gnomes” are currently slotted for the same date.
The franchise helped launch Smith into movie stardom in 1995 and has grossed more than $400 million worldwide.