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Two Moroccan Filmmakers to Direct ‘Bad Boys 3’

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Rabat – “Bad Boys 3” is happening. Fifteen years later, the iconic duo of police officers Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is coming back for a third part of the famous saga. The movie will be directed by Belgian-Moroccan filmmakers Adil El Arabi and Bilall Fallah, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as producer.

In an interview with French outlet Le Parisien, the Moroccan duo revealed that they first refused to direct “Bad Boys 3” but were finally convinced by American producer Bruckheimer.

“We will not believe it until filming. But we will be back in Europe because we know we will not win any French award with Bad Boys 3,” they joked.

“In Belgium, there is no money, but at least we do what we want […] One day, we will make a sci-fi film, and we will send Moroccans into space,” said the duo.

Called “Bad Boys for Life”, the movie is set to begin filming in August, but the release date has been pushed back to January 17, 2020. The budget is set for USD 100 million, five times greater than the original action-packed movie.

The third chapter in the series will see Lawrence’s character, Marcus Burnett, working as a private eye after a falling out with Smith’s Mike Lowery. Lowery is going through a midlife crisis as a bachelor who finally wants to mature, all while dealing with a new, young, and cocky partner.

Lowery and Burnett are brought together again when a lean, mean, skilled, Albanian mercenary with a vendetta puts a death order on Lowery and Burnett for killing his brother. Now the two must work together once again to bring him down.  

The first Bad Boys movie was released in 1995 and garnered more than USD 144 million in profits, while the second earned USD 273 million.

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.”

In early 2018, they made “Paster,” a story about four friends, small drug dealers who dream of becoming future sponsors of organized crime. But everything gets complicated when they steal a big load of cocaine. The two friends also direct “Beverly Hills Cop 4,” starring Eddie Murphy.

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