News Briefs: ‘Bad Boys 3’ Now Needs Director

Bad Boys 2

Bad Boys 3: The third installment in the Bad Boys franchise needs a director. Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) was slated to pick up where Michael Bay left off but decided to exit the project, either due to scheduling conflicts or creative differences. Carnahan also wrote the most recent version of the script and the report suggests that a new writer may be hired as well. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (above in Bad Boys 2) are still expected to reprise their roles. [THR]

Drew Goddard

Bad Times at the El Royale: Drew Goddard (above), who earned an Academy Award nomination for adapting The Martian, will direct Bad Times at the El Royale, based on his own original script. The premise for the movie has not been revealed. Goddard made his directorial debut with The Cabin in the Woods; recently he’s also been lending his writing expertise to Deadpool 2. [Deadline]

Steven Spielberg / J.J. Abrams

Syrian Refugee Drama: Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams will team to produce a Syrian refugee drama. The movie will be based on A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming. The book relates the true story of a young Syrian woman who fled from Egypt and headed to Sweden, only to suffer shipwreck along the way with two small children in her charge. [The Wrap]

The Lost City of Z

The Lost City of Z Trailer: A new international trailer for The Lost City of Z suggests the many perils that await an epic search for a mysterious city in South America in the 1920s. Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson star; the movie will open in the U.S. on April 21. [Movieclips]