First of all – we’re getting a third Bad Boys film? Did we miss that memo? Why hasn’t there been dancing in the streets? Cars randomly exploding at will? A tweet from Martin Lawrence? Now that we’ve got out of the way, we can get down to it.
Deadline reports that, yes, we’re probably getting a third Bad Boys film, and Safe House scribe David Guggenheim might be writing it. The outlet reports that Guggenheim is in “early talks” with Sony Pictures to write the script for the third buddy cop comedy with big-time action elements. While that sounds like good news, there appear to be a few reasons buried within the story as to why we haven’t heard about this project sooner.
For one, Sony reportedly “hopes” that a third film would lure back in stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and its “trying to do this with the original cast.” Yup, just hopes and is trying, isn’t “actively pursuing” or “has already locked down” the two stars. And what of director Michael Bay, who helmed the previous two features and just put his Bay Sauce all over them (lots of booms, lots of babes, lots of jokes)? “He doesn’t seem to be involved, at least at this point.” Well, that doesn’t sound good.
At least Guggenheim can boast an action-heavy resume to help drive the possible project – he’s been working on a Safe House sequel and a new draft of the Uncharted script, along with a script for Doug Liman’s Narco Sub, the McG-directed Puzzle Palace, and Weaponized (as adapted from a novel that Guggenheim wrote with Nicholas Mennuti).
Would you want to see a Bad Boys film without, perish the thought, its stars and director?
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