Though producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s recent hits are mostly massive, wide-appeal tentpole fare like the Pirates of the Caribbean series and National Treasure, he made a name for himself in the 1980s and 1990s for producing more R-rated content like Bad Boys and, to great success, Beverly Hills Cop. Though CBS passed on a pilot adaptation of Beverly Hills Cop earlier this year, Paramount is now trying to get a fourth feature film off the ground and it appears that Bruckehimer—who produced the first and second BHC films—is keen on coming back to produce the fourth film. Moreover, the report adds that Bruckheimer is helping develop a script for the long-awaited Bad Boys 3 (!!!). Hit the jump for more.
Eddie Murphy has been trying to get Beverly Hills Cop 4 off the ground for quite some time, and he recently nabbed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol scribes Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to pen the script. Variety reports that Bruckheimer is in talks to produce the pic, which would mark a major step forward for the long-in-development feature.
More excitingly, though, Variety’s report buries this little nugget: “Bruckheimer is helping to develop the script for Bad Boys 3.” The last solid word we heard on this project was over three years ago when Martin Lawrence revealed that he had recently talked to Michael Bay and Will Smith about the project. Since then, there has been zero movement.
One has to wonder if the success of Bay’s smaller-scale Pain & Gain—which very much resembled his Bad Boys days—might have spurred him to try and get a Bad Boys 3 going again. There’s no word on who is working on the script and it very much sounds like this is early days, but it’s definitely interesting to know that wheels are in motion for the Bad Boys series to possibly return to theaters. Bay will be busy with Transformers 4 until next spring, but it’s conceivable to think that Bad Boys 3 could happen in the near future assuming a script is drawn up that is to everyone’s liking.