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Bad Boys for Life gets official release date

It's all good news for the Bad Boys. 

As reported by Deadline, Sony Pictures Entertainment has given its forthcoming third entry in the Bad Boys film franchise an official release date. Entitled Bad Boys for Life, the movie is set to launch in cinemas on January 17, 2020 during that year's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. 

A set-in-stone debut date is a welcome wave of positivity for the film, which hasn't had an easy road to production. Back in 2017, Sony stripped Bad Boys for Life from its release schedule, knocking it out from a previously confirmed debut of November 9, 2018 to an unknown date — with no signs of putting the project back on the shelf. Once original Bad Boys producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who returns to oversee the three-quel, mentioned that the film wasn't completely dead, things suddenly seemed much brighter. 

The situation went from good to great when Sony later announced that Moroccan filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black) had been tapped to direct the third Bad Boys movie, replacing Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey, Smokin' Aces), who was previously on board before dropping out in March of 2017 following scheduling conflicts. With its new 2020 release date, Bad Boys for Life follows 15 years after the first Bad Boys and 17 years after its 2003 sequel Bad Boys II, both of which were directed by Transformers franchise alum Michael Bay. The pic brings Will Smith's Sergeant Mike Lowrey and Martin Lawrence's Sergeant Marcus Burnett back together again.

As far as plot specifics are concerned, there's not much known about Bad Boys for Life, though we suspect that might change as the project inches closer to its January 17, 2020 release date over the next year and a half.