Sony is looking to reunite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for a third installment in the Bad Boys franchise. The studio is reportedly in early talks with screenwriter David Guggenheim (Safe House) to pen the script for Bad Boys 3. The last action film featuring Smith and Lawrence as the two wise-cracking cops came out a decade ago. Both films were directed by Michael Bay, but the director is not currently involved with another go, but Jerry Bruckheimer will return as producer.
Guggenheim, meanwhile, is busy making his name scripting action/thriller films. In addition to the sequel to Safe House, he’s also worked on Doug Liman’s Narco Sub, McG’s Puzzle Palace, and a new draft of Sony’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. (Via Deadline)
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.
Opening this weekend is the third film in the Men in Black franchise. Barry Sonnenfeld returns as director and the story finds Will Smith’s Agent J travelling back in time to save Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K. In addition to Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, Josh Brolin plays a younger version of Jones’ character and does an incredible job. You’ll absolutely think you’re watching Jones as a young man. Men in Black 3 also stars Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, and Emma Thompson. In addition, make-up effects artist Rick Baker returns to the franchise and you can see some of his creature work here. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.
Last week I got to speak with most of the cast and every day this week I’ll be posting a new interview. Yesterday was Tommy Lee Jones and today I’ve got Will Smith. During the interview we talked about when he knew they could make another Men in Black, the impact Star Wars had on him as a kid, how many takes he likes to do, and more. In addition, we talked about future projects like M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth, and I tried to get updates on Independence Day 2, Bad Boys 3, I Am Legend 2 and Hancock 2. Hit the jump to watch.
At this point Michael Bay is undeniable. Having weathered parody, Pearl Harbor and Megan Fox, Michael Bay seems to know who he is and what he can do… At least it seems that way for now. Perhaps he’ll go back to making his Oscar picture at some point, though I don’t know what Bay could make that would be his Schindler’s List or Titanic. But when he arrived in 1995, Bay was the second coming of Tony Scott, and Bad Boys was a breath of fresh recycled air. At the time, R-rated action was had become self-serious, and stars like Stallone and Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal took their jobs very seriously. Here was something more in the classic “buddy cop” mold. Bay teamed Will Smith with Martin Lawrence as cops after drugs and criminals in Miami, and it clicked with audiences, launching one of the more fascinating Hollywood careers of late. And my review of Bad Boys on Blu-ray after the jump.
Martin Lawrence says he’s in, Will Smith is ready and Michael Bay is game. He thinks Bad Boys 3 is still going to happen.
In an interview with MTV, the Big Momma’s House star said “I got Big Willie to come down and see me about the movie. I felt special.” He added “Any time you can get Big Willie to come out and talk about doing a third installment of a hot movie like Bad Boys, you have to take notice,” Lawrence explained. “I met with Michael Bay, and he said he’s onboard too – so it’s real.”
It was real last year too when Columbia hired Peter Craig to write a script . However, the main problem is getting all the players on the same schedule as Smith now has Men in Black 3 and Bay has Transformers 3, pushing this production back at least 2-3 years. Then there’s the little matter of the money man, producer Jerry Bruckheimer: “We’re just waiting on Jerry Bruckheimer to let us know when it’s really real,” Lawrence said. Hit the jump to read about the cultural significance of the Bad Boys franchise and more.
While a sequel is always “in development” some place as long as the prior entries in the franchise are successful (and sometimes even if they’re not) but when you start hiring people to make that sequel a reality, it shows that you’re serious. That you’re willing to make this sequel, this “shit”, if you will, real.
Hit the jump to find out how Columbia Pictures is doing it (and how I think they should do it) with BAD BOYS 3.