Bad Boys 3 is just a little over a year away. But it doesn't sound like any progress has been made on the long-anticipated sequel since Sony moved it out of the February 17, 2017 release window, bumping it into summer of next year. By all accounts, the movie should be heading into production soon. But perhaps there is another delay in the cards? Producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave a quick update on the movie this weekend while being honored at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. And it doesn't sound too promising.
"We have to get the script in. Once we get that, we'll make a lot of decisions."
While most assumed that Bad Boys 3 would start production in the second half of 2016, Will Smith is set to start shooting Bright later this year. A cop thriller that revolves orcs and fairies, this fantasy adventure reunites Will Smith with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer. And it is said that Warner Bros. is eager to get Suicide Squad 2 into production fast. So we're not even sure when Will Smith will be able to find the time to shoot Bad Boys 3.
In February, Will Smith's schedule was open, and Bad Boys 3 seemed like his next obvious choice as an actor, but that has obviously changed. The movie is set to hit on June 2, 2017. And we haven't heard that Sony is looking to push this any further out. Especially since they just set this date last month. But from the sounds of it, Bad Boys 3 could be delayed even longer.
During a radio interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra back in February, Will Smith confirmed that both he and Martin Lawrence will be back as Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett in Bad Boys 3. At the time, Will Smith seemed quite excited about returning for this action thriller. He had this to say about reuniting with his co-star.
"I saw Martin a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen him for about two years, and we just looked at each other. We hugged and in that moment we both knew we were making another Bad Boys. So we're definitely doing another one."
The sequel had been in development for several years, but a report from last year claimed that Will Smith hadn't signed on yet. And while he may produce the sequel, there was no guarantee that he would come back to star. It still isn't known if both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have officially signed on, as the studio has never announced such a thing. But this long-awaited sequel is closer to happening than it has ever been in the past decade. It isn't known if any other franchise stars such as Gabrielle Union, Theresa Randle and Joe Pantoliano will return.
Another big question mark for Bad Boys 3 is whether or not Michael Bay will be involved in any way. 1995's Bad Boys marked the filmmaker's directorial debut, and he came back eight years later to direct the follow-up Bad Boys II. Joe Carnahan is taking over as director, and it sounds like he hasn't finished working on the script yet. Are you looking forward to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning for Bad Boys 3? Chime in with your thoughts below. Is this one long-anticipated sequel that we'll really see next year? Or will it be delayed again?