It’s official y’all!
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are coming back again as Bad Boys. Lawrence, 53, took to Instagram to announce the news and we are already freaking out! The actors are returning for their action franchise, and the picture shows these two reunited in Santa Monica.
Lawrence captioned the picture: ‘It’s official. Bad Boys for Life. #teammartymar #badboysforlife @willsmith #weback.’
Weeks ago, Smith said to Variety that he is on board to return as Mike Lowrey, the Miami detective from 1995’s Bad Boys, and the 2003 sequel Bad Boys II. And now, get ready for Bad Boys III.
While Smith has agreed to return for the movie, it is said that Lawrence has yet to ‘come to terms’ with the studio. Hopefully, we will have something official, soon.
The project has actually been in the works for a few years now, and a new draft on the script recently brought the project to life. The draft was written by Chris Bremmer and it is believed to start filming in 2019 and have it ready for theaters in January 2020, although nothing has been confirmed by Sony yet.
Pictured here are Lawrence and Smith in 1995’s Bad Boys.
Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah have been handed the job of directing the movie. You might know them best for directing two episodes of the FX series, Snowfall.
The directors are ‘next-level great’ just as Sanford Panitch, the president of Columbia Pictures required. The movie is returning after 15 years – no wonder he asked for ‘next-level great.’ Go big or go home!
Panitch said the movie wouldn’t be the same without Smith and Lawrence, and that there will be a ‘big idea’ added in the storyline.
These guys are amazing. They loved the first movies, but they’re not afraid to change things up. With these movies you have to have one big idea for the film. In some ways, this big idea is ultimately more important than the brand itself.
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith’s career took off after the original Bad Boys, and the movie brought in $141.4 million worldwide, and it had only $19 million budget. Michael Bay made his directorial debut in the movie. He then returned for the 2003 sequel that had a budget of $130 million and earned $273.4 million.
Sony is trying to bring back franchises – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made $962 million last year, while the studio’s Ghostbuster reboot brought in $221.9 million.
Movies like Charlie’s Angels, Men in Black and 21 Jump Street spin-off with female detectives, are also in development.