How many times do you think you’ve watched Bad Boys or Bad Boys 2? Personally, I think I’ve watched them both a combined 20 times — They’re always on TV and they’re easily my favorite Michael Bay movies ever made. Martin Lawrence hinted at a Bad Boys 3 last August on Conan, telling the talk show host this:
“I believe so. Yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said its real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close and it all looks good.”
Now it’s officially official: Bad Boys 3 is slated for a February 2017 release and Bad Boys 4 is slated for a July 2019.
Now here’s the bummer: It won’t have Michael Bay in the director’s chair, but instead Joe Carnahan. He’s the writer/director behind the TV show The Blacklist, The A-Team, and The Grey. The first Bad Boys was Bay’s first big movie back in 1995, grossing $400 million between both movies. Jerry Bruckheimer dished a little bit about why it wasn’t possible to bring him back for the third and fourth movie. Via SlashFilms:
It’s so funny because we’ll get Sony real excited to make the movie, and then Will [Smith] is off doing two movies. And then, Will will come back and be real excited about it, and Sony will say, ‘Well, maybe it’s not the time for this.’ And then, Ride Along came out and was a big hit, and now they’re all excited to make the movie, but Will is off doing something else. It’s just trying to get everybody together to make it. But, we’re working on the script. We have a lot of faith and hope that we’ll do it.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, however:
I only hope Carnahan and company can come up with a scene as good as this one in Bad Boys 3 and 4.