Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you with a third film? Go see it, I reckon.
After many rumours and crossed fingers that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence would reunite for a third film, it seems it’s finally happening, as Lawrence confirmed it on his Instagram the pair would be getting together once again.
The actor posted a picture of himself and Will Smith with the caption ‘It’s official. Bad Boys for Life’, which seems like a pretty clear giveaway to me.
It’s been 15 years since Bad Boys II, which itself was eight years after the original Bad Boys from 1995. It’s fair to say Will and Martin haven’t aged a day.
Check them out:
With both actors firmly on board for the third film, production will be underway in early 2019, with plans to release the film by Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in 2020, Comicbook reports.
Bad Boys 3, also known as Bad Boys for Life, has not had the easiest start in life, with its production and release pushed back many times already. In March 2017, Joe Carnahan, who was set to direct the film, also left the project.
Martin Lawrence’s involvement has also been uncertain, up until now.
The new version of the script has been written by Chris Bremner, who penned the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer. David Guggenheim, writer of Designated Survivor, and Carnahan both attempted to write the screenplay, though neither version panned out.
With the Bad Boys films known for their mix of action and comedy, it seems a decent balance has finally been found, meaning the production can get underway.
Some plot details about the highly anticipated movie have already been revealed by That Hashtag Show, who brought to light the fact Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey won’t be the best of friends at the start of the movie.
Lowrey is expected to be going through a mid-life crisis, while Burnett works away as a private eye, but the two are set to reunite once again when the threat of an Albanian mercenary comes into play.
Whether this is still the plan – given the film’s already complicated journey to get off the ground – is anyone’s guess. Though I’m sure we can expect some high-octane action from the pair.
Speaking about the return of Miami’s most loved detectives, Columbia Pictures president, Sanford Panitch, said:
If we’re going to make another ‘Bad Boys’ after 15 years, it’s got to be next-level great. [sic]
The first two films, released in 1995 and 2003 respectively, took in a huge $414.7 million worldwide.
The third instalment has reportedly been given a $100 million budget, so chances are, it’s going to involve more than it’s fair share of car chases and action which made the first two films so great.
Bad Boys 3 is slated to be released January 17, 2020. Let’s hope no more technical issues get in the way before then.
Bad boys for life!
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.