“Bad Boys 3″ In The Works
Columbia Pictures is developing a third installment of the high-octane Bad Boys franchise, tapping Peter Craig to pen the screenplay.
The hope is to have a script that would reunite director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, with stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At this point with the project in the early stages, neither of these men have a deal to return.
The Bad Boys movies feature Smith and Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, caught up in cases involving car chases and explosions.
The first one released in 1995, helping launch Bay as a director Smith as an action star, even though it was not a fire-stamped blockbuster. It grossed $66 million domestically and $141 million worldwide.
The sequel released in 2003, when Bay and Smith’s stars had risen, grossing $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.
All parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out.
However, one potential hurdle would be the costly deals with the players.