The cast and crew of Sony Pictures’ next Bad Boys installment will start work tomorrow according to Will Smith. The new film, which will either be called “Bad Boys 4 Life” or “Bad Boys for Life,” will bring back Will Smith and Martin Lawerence as two old-school police detectives trying to fit in with a younger police force.
Jerry Bruckheimer is coming back to produce the film, with Will Smith serving as a producer on the new installment. Smith and Lawrence will be the film’s two stars, but they will be joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton, and Alexander Ludwig.
The new trio joining the franchise will play a group of specialized police officers. The three actors will play the younger and tech-savvy group that will have to work with Smith and Lawrence’s characters, who are both considered to be old relics of the force.
The story is expected to take place in Miami, and the film is scheduled to hit theaters on January 17, 2010. We haven’t learned anything about the rest of the cast, but now that the film is going into production, Sony Pictures may confirm the secondary characters. Will Smith broke the news on Instagram, sharing a picture of himself with co-star Martin Lawrence and adding, “First Day of Shooting tomorrow! We watched @BadBoys 1 & 2 together over the weekend. It’s about to be KRAZY! #badboysforlife.”
As for the crew behind the camera, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the film, working from a script written by Peter Craig, with a rewrite from Joe Carnahan. Chris Bremmer also has a writing credit on the film.
The first “Bad Boys” film hit theaters back in 1995 and made over $15.5M on opening weekend. The original film went on to make over $141M worldwide for Sony Pictures, but a sequel wasn’t made for another four years. The duo returned to the screen in 2003 for “Bad Boys 2,” that film had a $45M opening and went on to make over $273M worldwide.