Sony Pictures Entertainment has just dated two of its more high-profile films. The first is Bad Boys for Life, the action comedy directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah that reunites the team of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence with Jerry Bruckheimer for another round of action. That one has been slated for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend on Jan. 17, 2020.
The studio also dated the Tom Hanks starring You Are My Friend, a drama based on an Esquire article about how a writer’s life was changed when he met Fred (“won’t you be my neighbor”) Rogers, the beloved, cardigan-wearing host of a PBS children’s show. The film is slated for an Oct. 18, 2019 release date, signaling that they thinking it might have an Oscar run. At this point, Hanks is attached to star.
Bad Boys for Life releases on the same date as and . The original Bad Boys which launched Will Smith as internationally known star, bowed in April 1995 while the second in the franchise was released in July of 2003. Sony is hoping to catch box office magic on the new installment. The first two together grossed $314.7M worldwide.
Sony’s new film You Are My Friend, directed by Marielle Heller, is being distributed by TriStar Pictures and is inspired by the real-life friendship between magazine writer Tom Junod who reluctantly takes a job to do a feature piece on Fred Rogers and it changes his perception of the world. TriStar acquired the film from Big Beach (Little Miss Sunshine, Loving).
Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (Transparent, Beautiful Ruins) scripted while Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf of Big Beach will produce alongside Youree Henley (The Beguiled, 20th Century Woman). The script appeared on the 2013 Black List.
Leah Holzer of Big Beach will executive produce, along with Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster.