With Michael Bay off making giant robot movies, Will Smith solidifying himself as one of the most bankable movie stars on Earth, and Martin Lawrence, well… still acting, it would be understandable if there was never a third installment in the "Bad Boys" series. However, by way of The Hollywood Reporter, comes news that not only has Columbia started to develop a "Bad Boys 3" but has already signed a screenwriter to it.
Columbia has hired newcomer Peter Craig, who wrote Ben Affleck's "The Town" and is also writing the "Cowboy Bebop" movie, to write the "Bad Boys 3" screenplay. The hope is to have a script which will reunite director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
THR's Borys Kit writes saying all parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out, but one potential hurdle would be the price to make that happen.
Pretty much with all of them (except maybe Lawrence), there comes an expensive price tag attached. As stated, Smith is about the only true bankable movie star in the business (his last 8 movies have all surpassed the $100 million mark), and by now Bay is used to getting huge paychecks and collecting percentages of money from toy merchandising.
The first two films, released in 1995 and 2003, earned $414,746,580 worldwide and featured Smith and Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett as they run around Miami destroying everything in sight all to slow motion and helicopters.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, Rope of Silicon, First Showing