Flemish directors to take on next Bad Boys and Beverly Hills Cop


Riding the wave of success of Bad Boys for Life, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have been asked to another Bad Boys, as well as the next Beveryly Hills Cop

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Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have been signed up to direct two more Hollywood sequels in the wake of the major success of Bad Boys for Life. The director duo from Flanders are awaiting first drafts of the films.

El Arbi and Fallah made Image, Black and Gangsta in Belgium, with Black – a Romeo and Juliet story about members of rival gangs in Brussels – earning them international acclaim. They were chosen to direct Bad Boys for Life, the third installment of the Bad Boys cop franchise staring will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

The film opened in the US in January, earning twice the expected amount in ticket sales in the first weekend and going on to gross €386 million worldwide. Critics were kind, calling it the best in the Bad Boys series.

Famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer – responsible for some of the country’s most popular action films of the last 25 years, including Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Black Hawk Down and both the Beverly Hills Cop and Bad Boys series – has offered El Arbi and Fallah two more opportunities.

The pair are now waiting to see the scripts for the fourth installments in both the Bad Boys and Beverly Hills Cop series. Eddy Murphy will return to play the lead in the new Beverly Hills Cop. The last Beverly Hills Cop movie was released in 1994.

“It was delightful to witness them make such a fantastic film” as Bad Boys for Life, Bruckheimer told Het Laatste Nieuws. “So it went without saying that we wanted them to make both Bevery Hills Cop 4 and Bad Boys 4.”

El Arbi was a bit more cautious in his comments to Digital Spy about Beverly Hills Cop. “We’re still involved in that project, and there’s a screenwriter now on it that’s going to try to write a first draft, or a first treatment at least with the story,” El Arbi told the magazine. “So we’re going to see what the first version will be, but we’re very excited and hope that we can work with another icon like Eddie Murphy. That’d be great. When I was a kid, it was one of my favourite movies.”

Photos, from top: Bilal Fallah (left) and Adil El Arbi at the Flanders’ music industry awards in February ©James Arthur Gekiere/BELGA; A scene from the original Beverly Hills Cop