It looks like ‘Bad Boys 3’ will see the light of day after all.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony pictures is in early negotiations with directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah for the third installment.
The filmmakers would take on Bad Boys for Life, which would reunite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for a third chapter in the buddy-cop film series. The duo played Miami police detectives in the first two installments, which were directed by Michael Bay. The pair of films, released in 1995 and 2003, took in a collective $414.7 million worldwide.
A third Bad Boys effort has been in development for years, with Joe Carnahan most recently attached to direct before exiting last March.
El Arbi and Fallah were born in Morocco and studied film in Belgium. They recently directed episodes of FX crime drama Snowfall and have their third feature Gangsta due out this year.
Production is said to begin this August. This news comes just a short time after it was announced that NBC has ordered a pilot run of the Gabrielle Union-led ‘Bad Boys’ TV spinoff.