Columbia Pictures has announced they are developing a third installment of the high-octane Bad Boys franchise. That's right everybody, "Bad Boys III: More Explosions, coming to a theater near you."
The studio has tapped writer Peter Craig to pen the screenplay. Craig co-wrote The Town with director Ben Affleck. And is currently adapting the anime genre-bender Cowboy Bebop for 20th Century Fox and Keanu Reeves.
The original Bad Boys movies were directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The films starred at the time TV stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett.
The first movie, released in 1995, helped launch Bay as a director and Smith as an action star even. It grossed a note worthy $66 million domestically and $141 million worldwide. The sequel was a full on blockbuster hit in it's 2003 release, grossing $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.
Bay, Bruckheimer and stars Smith and Lawrence have yet to sign on to the Bad Boys threequel. But they have all expressed a willingness to return to the franchise if a story can be hammered out. Of course! Bay, Smith, and Lawrence want to make sure they are signing on to a movie with a good story. They wouldn't want to ruin their good track records... cough*Revenge of the Fallen. Cough* Hancock. Cough* Big Mommas House cough* 1, 2 and 3 cough*.
They will all most likely sign on, even with their more costly paychecks... well Bay's and Smith's at least. So before we know it, we'll be getting Will Smith and Martin Lawrence running from explosions, jumping away from explosions, causing explosions, and all while the camera is rotating around them 360 degrees with Bob Marley playing in the background... oh, and some Skittles.
Even if that is the case, it's gonna be fun and you know it!
Are you ready for Bad Boys III? Who knows, it could be Bad Boys 3-D!!