Does Bad Boys For Life = The End of Florida’s Film Industry?

Will Smith announced via his Instagram profile that he along with co-star Martin Lawrence, Bad Boys franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the film’s fresh-faced directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (best known for their work on John Singleton’s FX crime drama, Snowfall) was all set to begin production TODAY!

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First Day of Shooting tomorrow! We watched @BadBoys 1 & 2 together over the weekend. It’s about to be KRAZY! #badboysforlife 📷: @jas

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For those of us who are fans of the Bad Boys franchise this is great news, sufficient to say, we’ve all been waiting for a third film for over a decade now. However, for those of us who are fans of the franchise who also happen to live in and around South Florida, especially those of us who work within the South Florida film industry, today is bittersweet.

Why?

Because instead of hosting the first day of production for what is sure to be one of the most popular, and most profitable at the box office, major film releases in 2020. South Florida’s film production and film tourism industry is sitting on the outside looking in as, Atlanta and surrounding areas, yes, essentially the ‘Hollywood of the South’ located in our neighboring state of Georgia, hosts the 3rd installment of a film franchise popularised (at least in part) by the breathtaking scenery, eclectic cultural mix and some of the world’s most beautiful people, all that is, South Florida.

Could This Be The End of Major Motion Picture Production in South Florida?

Now the question everyone is asking, at least for those of us within the South Florida film and television production company. How did Florida lose such a lucrative opportunity to generate millions in revenue for the regions filmmaking community and the city’s local business community? An opportunity that could have possibly relaunched a dying industry statewide.  …and does this mean the end of major motion picture production in South Florida, at least for the foreseeable future?