*Sony has announced the release date for its anticipated third film in the “Bad Boys” franchise.
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have signed on to reprise their roles as Miami PD detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey in “Bad Boys for Life,” to open on Jan. 17, 2020 — during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.
The filmmaking team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah is expected to direct, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as producer.
The original “Bad Boys” grossed $144 million in worldwide box office and was the first major feature film hit for both Lawrence and Smith. 2003’s “Bad Boys II” generated $273 million worldwide. “Bad Boys for Life” will open during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Sony also announced that the Mr. Rogers drama, “You Are My Friend,” will be released on Oct. 18, 2019, with Tom Hanks playing Fred Rogers.
The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.
“Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller is helming “You Are My Friend” from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.