“Bad Boys 3” Announced by Martin Lawrence
by Justin Cook
While appearing on Conan on Wednesday, Martin Lawrence confirmed that there would be a third installment of Bad Boys coming to theaters in the not too distant future.
The news came as a surprise as many assumed Lawrence was mainly on Conan to promote his new show Partners, which he stars in alongside Kelsey Grammar. When asked about whether or not there would be another sequel in the franchise Lawrence said, “I believe so. Yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer. He said it’s real, they’re working on a script, they’re close and it all looks good.”
Although nothing is official, we can only assume that if this sequel ends up coming together that Will Smith will be coming back to reprise his starring role as Lawrence’s partner, Mike Lowrey.
The first two Bad Boys films were directed by Michael Bay, and are known to be some of the director’s best work, despite lukewarm reviews from critics. The films were both major successes, with the first one grossing over $140 million worldwide on a relatively low $19 million budget, and the sequel grossing over $270 million on a $130 million budget.
The films, which came out in 1995 and 2003, follow two detectives — played by Smith and Lawrence — investigating and solving cases related to drug trades in Florida.
Bad Boys 3 will mark Lawrence’s first return to the big screen since 2011’s Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. The film has been in development since 2009 when Peter Craig and David Guggenheim were rumored as possible writers for the next installment.
Bad Boys films have always proved to be action-packed popcorn flicks and Bad Boys 3 certainly has a lot of potential to be another fun movie for audiences.
No official release date has been confirmed for the movie yet.