Martin Lawrence and Will Smith yelling at each other while holding machine guns to defend themselves in a scene from the film
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Bad Boys 3, or Bad Boys for Life, has yet another setback. The anticipated movie lost its director Joe Carnahan (who also drafted the new script), according to The Hollywood Reporter. There are reportedly two different reasons why he left the project, one being scheduling conflicts while the other is the typical "creative differences."

Carnahan clarified the news on Twitter, saying "Scheduling conflicts happen all the time. [Actor] Frank Grillo & I started War Party & we're building our company. There's no other story." The third film in the Bad Boys franchise has been been in development off and on for years, with fans wondering if stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith will even be involved.

Last December, Smith teased the film "is very, very, very close" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! "We do one a decade," Smith joked about his costar Lawrence. “I love that dude. That’s among the best times I’ve ever had making movies. So I’m looking forward to it.” Sony previously announced the Bad Boys 3 release date was pushed from Feb. 17, 2017 to June 2, 2017.

But now THR states the current premiere is set for Nov. 8, 2018. Bad Boys for Life will follow the 2003 sequel and the 1995 original, both directed by Michael Bay. As we wait to see which director will replace Carnahan, watch Jacob Latimore explain how he played the character of Time in Will Smith's Collateral Beauty: