There’s been talk of a third Bad Boys film ever since the absurd, insane sequel arrived in 2003, and up until recently, it looked as if Bad Boys For Life was moving ahead. Hollywood loves sequels to a franchise with a built-in audience, as we all know.
However, following screenwriter and director Joe Carnahan‘s departure from the project earlier this year, things took a turn for the worse, and Sony has now removed the film from their release schedule. Obviously, not a good sign. According to Martin Lawrence, co-star alongside Will Smith in the two original films, Bad Boys 3 isn’t going to happen.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence said: “I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out. Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen”.
Lawrence did however add that if Sony chose to revitalise the project, he’d be raring to go: “I’m ready right now. If they wanted to do it, I’m ready, but I don’t have control of that. That’s the studio’s decision”.
Depending on your view of the first two films, this is either bad news or not really news at all. Carnahan had previously been quoted as saying that the third film would be the “strongest of the trilogy thus far”, adding that the film would have dealt with how the titular duo deal with aging and a “tonally spot-on story that I think is kind of perfect for where we are in this day and age”.
It sounds intriguing, but an intriguing pitch might be as far as the film ever gets. Stay tuned.