Bad Boys 3 Probably Won’t Happen, Claims Martin Lawrence

Posted 2017/08/23 0 0

Martin Lawrence thinks the third entry in the Bad Boys franchise is now officially dead.


Back in March, writer/director Joe Carnahan departed from Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life after the project being in development for some time. Now star Martin Lawrence has spoken to Entertainment Weekly with a pretty grim prognostication about the fate of Bad Boys III.

“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” Lawrence said. “Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen. I’m there, 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.”

The availability of Smith has always been a factor that has made the production of the film difficult, since the actor has been in such great demand since the original Bad Boys. Smith has been cast as the Genie in Disney's upcoming live-action Aladdin remake, making scheduling a challenge. Bad Boys for Life also lost its director Joe Carnahan earlier due to scheduling conflicts. The release date for the movie has been bumped several times, with the project moved from June 2, 2017 to January 12, 2018, only to then get pushed to November 9, 2018. However, Sony has now removed the film from its 2018 release schedule.

The first Bad Boys was directed by Michael Bay and released in 1995. The movie followed two Miami-Dade police detectives, played by Lawrence and Smith, who are sent on a mission to find $100 million in heroin heisted from the station. It played off the easy chemistry between Lawrence and Smith, and produced the perfect formula for a successful buddy-cop movie, making a worldwide gross of $141m and a very healthy profit. The second film, following the detectives as they worked to stop drug trafficking, had the director and both stars returning in 2003, making $273m at global box office. Both films are well-regarded by action-movie fans, and a third film was something that had been sought by Sony and Bay for some time.