by Alia Tenor,
Joe Carnahan, who was set to write and direct Bad Boys for Life, left the project due to creative clashes with Will Smith. Carnahan’s departure resulted in the movie losing its 2017 release date, but it has since found its footing and will release next year. Sony has brought in rising filmmaking duo Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah to helm the project and production on the film recently wrapped.
The original film arrived in theaters back in 1995 and a sequel followed eight years later and though their critical reception wasn’t the best, both films were major box office successes. Bad Boys marked the feature film directional debut of Michael Bay, who is now best known for his involvement with the Transformers franchise.
The film also helped launch Smith’s career, as he would go on to star in several major movies in the future. Bad Boys for Life will see Smith reunite with co-star Martin Lawrence to reprise their roles as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Carnahan was attached to the project for years, but finally stepped away citing scheduling conflicts or creative differences as the reason. Now, Carnahan has revealed what specifically led to his departure from Bad Boys for Life.