‘Bad Boys 4’ to Arrive in Theaters Earlier Than Expected

Bad Boys for Life (Credit: Sony)

Bad Boys 4 is moving on up.

On Monday, Sony Pictures moved the action sequel’s release date up — slotting the film to hit theaters on June 7, 2024, a week earlier than previously announced.

The new release date opens the door for the film starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to play on more IMAX and premium large screens, ComicBook.com reported on Feb. 26.

While an earlier release is good news for fans, the bad news is the sequel will be pitted against the premieres of Lionsgate’s superhero film, The Crow, and Warner Bros.’s supernatural horror thriller, The Watchers, with both scheduled for release on June 7.

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Hollywood studios have been shuffling films around their release calendars because of last year’s strikes by the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA, which caused production on movies and scripted TV shows to shut down.

The fourth installment of the Bad Boys franchise reunites Miami cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett four years after the last film — Bad Boys for Life opened in January 2020.

Despite debuting just weeks before COVID-19 lockdowns began around the country in 2020, the last installment in the franchise earned $206 million domestically and banked a total $426.5 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

This week Local 10 News Miami reported the cast and crew of the new film were shooting in South Florida. The station said the crew was filming action sequences on the beach in Fort Lauderdale.

Will Smith confirmed he was Miami over the last few days and posted video on Instagram of himself in front of the water. “Damn, I love this city! Bad Boys 4 is coming fast y’all,” he captioned the post and wrote “Bad Boys Miami, last 8 days” over the footage.

The new film is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who also helmed Bad Boys for Life.

The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núñez, Eric Dane, Tasha Smith, Melanie Liburd, and John Salley.

The latest installment is awaiting an official title before it’s rolled out this summer.