People still want Bad Boys 3 to be a thing, and today we're one step closer.
The first film debuted all the way back in 1995 - alarmingly that's 20 years ago now. The sequel followed in 2003 which means a third film sometime this decade would make a bit of chronological sense. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are still interested in taking on these action roles again, and there's a script in the ether, just waiting to be filmed.
The latest news is that writer/director Joe Carnahan is circling the project. He burst onto the scene with Narc around the time Michael Bay was directing the second Bad Boys film and has since worked on Smokin Aces, The A-Team, The Grey and Stretch. So he's got experience with action and fast-talking folks, and his scripts tend to be zany, fun and often smarter than they're given credit for.
At least some of these skills would be useful on a Bad Boys movie, and while it would be strange to have a new film without the involvement of previous director Michael Bay it might be good to see a new take on the franchise. The report says Carnhan is in talks to come on board to rewrite the existing script and possibly direct as well.
As much as we like Carnahan, he also has a less than stellar history with large scale productions. The A-Team was a commercial failure (despite being quite fun) and he was also set to direct Mission: Impossible 3 with Tom Cruise before bowing out over creative differences. So it remains to be seen how his time with Sony will go.
There's a push to get Bad Boys 3 onto Will Smith's slate after Suicide Squad finishes shooting, so this second sequel could be in cinemas as soon as 2016. More as we get it.