Concussion

a/k/a GAME BRAIN

Release Date:  11/10/15 (AFI Fest); 12/25/15 (In Theaters)
Genre:  Drama/Sports/Based on Actual Events
Rating: PG-13
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio(s):  Scott Free Productions, Sony Pictures.
Director:  Peter Landesman
Cast:  Will Smith (Dr. Bennet Omalu), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Prema Mutiso), Alec Baldwin (Dr. Julian Bailes), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Dave Duerson), Stephen Moyer (Dr. Ron Hamilton), Luke Wilson (Roger Goodell-rumored), Albert Brooks (Dr. Cyril Wecht), Richard T. Jones (Andre Waters).

Story:  Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.  Source:  Sony Pictures.

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Bad Boys For Life

a/k/a Bad Boys 3

Status:  Announced
Release Date:  1/17/20
Directors:  Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Genre:  Action
Rating:  Unknown
Studio(s):  2.0 Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Platinum Dunes

Cast:  Will Smith (Detective Mike Lowrey), Martin Lawrence (Detective Marcus Burnett)

Update 5/10/18:  According to Shadow & Act, Sony has announced the movie will be released Martin Luther King weekend 2020 on January 17. A plot summary has also surfaced via That Hashtag ShowThe film will see Lawrence’s character, Marcus Burnett, working as a private eye after a falling out with Smith’s Mike Lowery, who is going through a midlife crisis as a bachelor who finally wants to mature, all while dealing with a new, young and cocky partner who is loyal to Lowery but that loyalty is not reciprocated, and finds a bond with Burnett when he returns to the fray. 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 the death of his brother. Now the two must work together once again to bring him down.  Source:  Shadow & Act; Photo Source:  MovieWeb.

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Update 9/1/17:  Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is optimistic about Bad Boys 3 since the project just received a new writer. Titled Bad Boys for Life, the sequel has been talked about since the release of the first sequel 14 years ago. The project has been in varying stages of development, with Will Smith recently stating that it was “very, very, very close.” But the movie recently lost its release date and its director, leading many, including co-star Martin Lawrence, to believe the movie is dead and not ever going to happen.  Now, Jerry Bruckheimer is claiming that there is still life left in the project. In an interview with Yahoo Movies, the producer stated that a new writer has lifted his spirits about Bad Boys 3 actually happening.  Now this isn’t exactly a confirmation that the movie is on the fast track, but it most certainly lets us know that Bad Boys 3 isn’t down for the count just yet. A new writer is promising and proves that the studio is putting effort into finally making the movie happen.  Source:  Movieweb.

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Update 8/11/16:   According to Variety Bad Boys 3 has been pushed back to early 2018.  The threequel will now hit theaters January 2, 2018, according to Sony.  The movie’s official title also has been revealed:  Bad Boys for Life.  Sony insiders add there will be additional casting.  There had been some question as to whether Smith would return to the franchise, but he made it clear earlier this year that he would indeed reteam with Lawrence.

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Update:   Movies.com reported on Aug. 14, 2015 that two new Bad Boys sequels are heading to theaters in 2017 and 2019. But will either Will Smith or Martin Lawrence return as the titular rule-breaking police detectives? It’s not clear. Reportedly, Smith will be involved in some capacity, but that could be limited to serving as a producer and not as a star; his deal is not finalized.

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Update:  On 6/9/15 Deadline wrote, Sony Pictures has been building up its franchises quickly, and Bad Boys 3 is looking like a strong possibility to get going. Safe House scribe David Guggenheim wrote a strong draft that now has Joe Carnahan in early talks to do a quick pass to possibly direct. This is moving quickly as the studio wants to have the movie for Will Smith to consider as his next slot after Suicide Squad.

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Details:  Columbia Pictures is developing a third installment of the Bad Boys franchise. The studio hopes to have a script that would reunite director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The first Bad Boys was released in 1995 and grossed $66 million domestically and $141 million worldwide. The 2003 sequel grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.  As reported by Worst Previews in December 2013, Sony Pictures has signed David Guggenheim (Safe House) to write the script for a third Bad Boys installment.  Michael Bay, who directed the first two films, is not currently involved with the third movie. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are in talks to return as Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett.  Source(s):  Comingsoon.net, IMDB, Worst Previews.

Uptown Saturday Night

Status:  Development Status Unknown as of June 3, 2014
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Overbrook Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures
Director:  Adam McKay
Cast:  Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Katt Williams (rumored)

Story:  Remake of the 1970s Bill Cosby-Sidney Poitier comedy. The original follows the story of two friends who have their wallets stolen at a nightclub. The next morning, they learn that one of their wallets contained a winning lottery ticket, and together, they set out to find it.

Details:  According to Variety, in an effort to fast-track its remake of the 1970s Bill Cosby-Sidney Poitier comedy “Uptown Saturday Night,” Warner Bros. has hired “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” helmer Nicholas Stoller to do a rewrite on the script.

Adam McKay is on board to direct, and Warner Bros. intends to develop the film as a starring vehicle for Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing and have been developing the project for some time, but the producers haven’t been able to juggle the stars’ schedules and get the script to the right point. (Source(s): Variety; Movie Insider)