Bad Boys 3 has had extremely turbulent beginnings, but now looks like production could begin shortly.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will probably join forces once again after nearly two decades, gracing the big screen together once more for the third movie in the Bad Boys franchise: Bad Boys for Life, which is now predicted to hit theatres in January of 2020 after several major reschedules and setbacks.
The film was greenlit by Sony this week, but there is still some ground to be made up before production begins.
The first Bad Boys was released in 1995 and its sequel followed in 2003 reaching blockbuster levels, with the action-packed buddy-cop movies notching up $622 million globally. Having returned a hefty profit on the $149 million combined budget (with the sequel costing almost seven times that of the original films – but still making huge bank), a third movie was inevitable.
The long-awaited sequel (part 3) was originally set for release in February 2017, and in October 2015 Will Smith had said: “There is a very, very, very strong possibility that you will be seeing a Bad Boys film within the next 12 to 16 months.”
It wasn’t the case.
The movie was then fraught with directorial and writer changes/disputes, mainly involving Michael Bay and David Guggenheim, while both leads – Smith and Lawrence – demanded unprecedented salaries.
A new revised date saw the movie set to hit the theatres on November 2018, but that date was dropped after writer/director Joe Carnahan suddenly walked, citing “creative differences” as the reason for his departure.
Upcoming Moroccan-born filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah (FX’s Snowfall and upcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4) are now on board to direct the upcoming project, and have been for some time. Chris Bremner (The Wedding Ringer and The Secret Life of Houdini) has already written a draft of the movie, which means Bad Boys for Life is expected to move into production very soon.
That is, if Martin Lawrence can get on board. Reports say that Will Smith is now definitely in for the third installment in the franchise (he has time thanks to Suicide Squad 2 getting pushed back), but Lawrence has yet to work out a deal for Bad Boys for Life. So, if there is going to be another setback for this project, it will likely be in Lawrence’s negotiations.
It’s not like Lawrence is exactly top of the A-list, so after some initial posturing it is highly expected that he will be jumping back into the role shortly. He was right up for it in 2015, back when Smith balked due to scheduling difficulties, so him getting back on board is highly likely.
There is also a TV spin-off in the works, called LA’s Finest, with Jessica Alba cast as the co-star with Gabrielle Union. NBC passed on it, but Canada’s Bell Media has picked it up for 13 episodes.
We’ll keep you posted.