In development for ten years, this new feature entitled “Bad Boys for Life” was originally intended to be directed by Joe Carnahan and released in 2017 but the choice eventually fell on the Belgian-Moroccan duo Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah, authors of several powerful action films in Belgium.
This third rendition, is set to begin filming in August and will be shot in the sensitive neighborhoods of Miami with the production of Jerry Bruckheimer. It will of course see the return of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in the roles of police officers Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey.
Released in 1995, the first “Bad Boys”, directed by Michael Bay, was met with a worldwide success, raising $144 million. Ten years later, the second installment generated $ 273 million.
Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah met on the benches of the Brussels Film School and became work ‘brothers’ ever since. “We met at the film school, it was a school with whites and Adil was the only Moroccan so we clicked right away; we were like brothers; we formed a gang, “explains Bilal Fallah in an interview with the “Ecranlarge” website.
In their work, the duo benefits from the lack of diversity in Belgian cinema where there are not really immigrants to attract people who wanted to hear their stories. “So we used our origin as an asset,” Adil El Arbi pointed out.
Adil and Bilall rose to fame with the movie “Black,” which deals with urban bands, released only in video-on-demand in France in 2016. They received the Discovery Award in Toronto the same year. In 2017, they were named among the 10 “directors to follow” by the American magazine “Variety.”