Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited sequel to 2003’s Bad Boys II, has lost its director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has left the project due to scheduling conflicts, although there are conflicting reports that cite “creative differences” as the reason for the split.
Carnahan has sent out a tweet in response to the situation, revealing that his work on his own production company is the chief reason for his departure. “Scheduling conflicts happen all the time. Frank Grillo & I started [the production company] WarParty & we’re building our company. There’s no other story.”
Guys. Scheduling conflicts happen all the time. Frank Grillo & I started WarParty & we're building our company. There's no other story.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) March 8, 2017
Carnahan’s departure leaves a significant hole in Bad Boys for Life’s production, as he was also responsible for the film’s script in addition to directing duties. The studio is reportedly already searching for a new director and there’s a possibility that a new writer will be brought on board as well.
It’s unclear whether or not Carnahan’s exit will impact the film’s release date, as Bad Boys for Life is currently scheduled to hit theaters November 8, 2018, with original stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence set to return.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter