The upcoming Bad Boys 3 aka Bad Boys for Life is slated to once again star Will Smith (Suicide Squad) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma's House) as the buddy-duo from the previous, Michael Bay-directed films. Set to be directed by series newcomer Joe Carnahan (The Grey), the third Bad Boys installment will see Miami Police Department detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) making a bold comeback that is sure to please longtime viewers of the two narcotics agents.
Following multiple release date delays, it would appear that Carnahan, Smith, Lawrence, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) are all set to begin work in earnest on Bad Boys for Life. Standing as the first movie in the Bad Boys franchise that will not have been directed by Bay, the cast and crew will have quite the task ahead of them in the production of this belated third chapter; though it would appear that production is firmly set to get underway at last than it has been in the past.
In a recent appearence on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (see above), Lawrence commented on the fact that the most frequently asked question that he receives from his fans is when the next Bad Boys movie is going to come out. Speaking to the enthusiasm still held for the project - while offering the added reservation that all parties involved will additionally have to be available - Lawrence offered the lingering hope that production on Bad Boys for Life will finally begin in March 2017.
Granted, the statement was made in an attempt at appeasing longtime fans of the Bad Boys series, and nothing is set in stone at this point in time. That being said, if what Caranahan has said most recently is true, then Lawrence could very well be correct in postulating that Bad Boys for Life will in fact begin filming within the first three months of the next calendar year.
Viewers who grew up watching Bad Boys and its immediate sequel Bad Boys 2 in the late 1990s and early 2000s are no doubt waiting with bated breath for production to finally commence in the making of Bad Boys for Life. On that note, fans of the action movie franchise might finally have something to cling all of their hopes to - provided Lawrence can be taken at his word.
Bad Boys For Life will see theatrical release in the U.S. on January 12, 2018. Bad Boys 4 is currently scheduled to arrive on July 3, 2019 (though the latter hasn't been officially green-lit yet).
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!