Sony Starts Development on Bad Boys 3, Hires a Screenwriter
by Alex Billington
August 30, 2009
Oh hell yes! Sony has started development on a third installment of the Bad Boys franchise that the one-and-only Michael Bay launched years ago. The studio has hired newcomer Peter Craig, who wrote Ben Affleck's The Town and is also writing the Cowboy Bebop movie, to write the Bad Boys 3 screenplay. The hope is to have a script that would reunite director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At this point, with the project only being in the early stages, none of them have a deal to return just yet. But we can be sure Sony will be going after them and is also readying backups.
The first Bad Boys, which hit in 1995, saw Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, caught up in cases involving car chases and explosions. The sequel arrived 8 years later, in 2003, and was bigger and better (e.g. more explosions) than before. The first Bad Boys helped launched the careers of both Michael Bay and Will Smith. All parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out, though Sony is going to have to shell out a lot of cash to get all four back. For some reason, I don't expect that to be a problem. Craig better write one hell of a screenplay, though!
I'm a huge fan of the Bad Boys movies, even if they're campy as hell, I just love ’em. I can't say I have any reservations about another sequel, so bring it on. As long as all four are back, I'll be there opening day!
Reader Feedback - 37 Comments
I don't care what anyone says... I loved the first two. Was just wondering about this the other day, so this is great news!
Marty Martin on Aug 30, 2009
Cool ..that actually makes me glad.
ADM86 on Aug 30, 2009
Get ready for all the Michael Bay haters to bitch and moan and complain ....Don't care, both Bad Boy movies were great fun...Maybe if Bay didnt do Transformers and piss all the Virgin G1 fanboys off he wouldnt be so hated !!!
CORNBOY on Aug 30, 2009
I loved the second one! First one is pretty good, but the second was awesome, and I'm gonna say I like Michael Bay! You heard me BAY FAN HERE!
Xerxex on Aug 30, 2009
hell yea Bring bay + cameron+aronofsky+ridley scott+snyder and then we'll have the best directors on the fucking planet directing a bad ass movie LOL
qweqwu on Aug 31, 2009
Oh HELL NAW!!!!! I am so down.
Will Smith on Aug 31, 2009
First one was not half bad. Second one had its moments, but most was garbage. Third one? Probably will be worse than the second one.
PG on Aug 31, 2009
AWSOME... i'll be there opening nite too, loved the first 2. They are 2 of my all time favorite films
MiKa on Aug 31, 2009
Great news, far as I'm concerned. The first one was the best, btw...
RPD on Aug 31, 2009
7 you are a looser, the first one was so sweet and it introduced us to an amazing action director by the name of Michael Bay and the second one was soooo sweet, with the insane camera work and the fast paced action, you wouldnt have a clue what a good action film is....
Raygun on Aug 31, 2009
Count me in 🙂
Ben on Aug 31, 2009
Bad Boys 2 ranks very highly on my list of guilty pleasures. Dare I wish another? Lord, forgive me...Yesss!
Sleepykid on Aug 31, 2009
Smith and Lawrence kick ass together. I'll be excited for this if both return.
clippers350 on Aug 31, 2009
Why dose everyone like it now, i check on websites for this movie everyday and all you see is people saying that Bad Boys 2 sucked dont make another one but as soon as sony say they are going to make number 3, everyones over it like a dirty rash. Least i can say i always liked the movies And i cant wait
Colin on Aug 31, 2009
Cant go wrong with "Bad Boys"....cant wait
Trey on Aug 31, 2009
HELL YES! Peter Craig is a great writer. Being such a big fan of the series, I'm glad he's tackling Cowboy Bebop because he doesn't write run of the mill Hollywood trash. He could definitely write a Bad Boys script that'll be better than the first two.
sean on Aug 31, 2009
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jfkg on Aug 31, 2009
Cool, bring on the racial stereotypes once again, blow stuff up and assault our eyes with ridiculous stupidity, can't wait. Bad boys bad boys what you gonna doooo?
Crapola on Aug 31, 2009
Shit just got real... loud and stupid again.
Henry Jones Sr. on Aug 31, 2009
Loved the first one, but the 2nd is only meh. I love the ending once they're in Cuba and when they have a shootout with the Jamaicans but aside from that I find it hard to sit through and wait for those scenes to come. Still, I like them and hopefully we can kill the in between crap and just keep shooting and blowing stuff up.
Tra la la la la di da on Aug 31, 2009
It's the end of cinema as we know it.
John J on Aug 31, 2009
Bring it on... Martin & Will are great together!!! I wish they would have done it earlier.
MDC4LIFE on Aug 31, 2009
if Peter Craig fucks up the Bebop movie im going to find him and drive nails through his knee caps.... YOU HEAR ME PETER CRAIG!!! YOU BETTER DO GOOD (note he just has to write it well I'm sure Keanu will destroy it beyond words... but so help me if its like Max Payne I'M A FIND YOU!!) I'm down for another Bad Boys those movies rule, but i still say Bays best was The Rock. that movie melted my face, and its cast members god that was cool PETER CRAIG!!
DoomCanoe on Aug 31, 2009
The first Bad Boy was very good. The second one was bloated crap that we come to expect from Micheal Bay.
Electro on Aug 31, 2009
The more time Mr. Bay can spend with his own shitty intellectual properties the less time he can spend fucking up the properties we give a fuck about.
Carlos on Aug 31, 2009
Wait, Alex...did you say Hell Yes!? Have you seen Bad Boys 2?
Jamdolin on Aug 31, 2009
Yes! Yes! Y-E-S!
Papichulo on Aug 31, 2009
I mean, I guess... Part two went so far off the deep end i mean really 2 MIAMI cops going to CUBA?? A little out of their jurisdiction don't you think, but as a poster above me said, i guess it's a guilty pleasure.
r1000 on Aug 31, 2009
lol, how come michael bay groupies always come off like prepubescent teens? like, michael bay movies are totally rad with the insane action and way awesome explosions. yay! and people are amazed how come his movies always make tons of money. reading the comments in this thread, it should really surprise no one. yes, what cinema really needs is bad boys 3. it would be soooooooo tubular.
xtheory on Aug 31, 2009
Now That's How You Supposed To Drive
WB EXEC on Aug 31, 2009
"Peter Craig is a great writer. Being such a big fan of the series, I'm glad he's tackling Cowboy Bebop because he doesn't write run of the mill Hollywood trash." I am confused by #16's comment. What has Peter Craig been involved with that even suggests he is a great writer? He is working on 3 scripts right now with no previous credits to his name. Sorry I was just confused...I am not being malicious at all. I just would like someone to tell me what he has done lol
Maxx on Aug 31, 2009
Aha as I was writing my last comment my buddy Michael told me about his novel Hot Plastic which I have read and loved. He has two other books as well I think. Ok Maxx's "Idiot Moment" has passed lol
Maxx on Aug 31, 2009
i thought the first 2 BB movies were mindless action fare. i don't see the need for another one. why not a fresh idea instead of another rehash of the first two?
beavis4play on Aug 31, 2009
some people on here are just ridiculous. These movies were made purely for FUN, not intellectual purposes. There are a lot more crimes committed to cinema than the Bad Boys movies. I could go for round 3. they are summer blockbusters not oscar contenders. Just sit back and watch. or don't.
Jason on Aug 31, 2009
I can't believe that people that hate Michael Bay and his movies, including Bad Boys 1 & 2 come onto this forum and just be negative about the news of a third Bad Boys movie. If I see something on here at first showing and it doesn't interest me I move onto something that does. This is great news and Alex was right in saying Hell Yes!! Bad Boys and it's amazing sequal are movies that are a lot of fun to watch. I just wish that Bad Boys 3 had come out this year instead of Transformers 2. As much as I liked the first Transformers I thought the second film lacked a lot of the fun that the first film had.
last Son on Aug 31, 2009
Hell yeah I'm up for another Bad Boys - lets hope they can make something better than 2 which wasnt on par with 1.
dom on Sep 1, 2009
I love all the bad boys and when y'all pick y'all cast i wanna b included i love the action and would love to work with martin Lawrence and will Smith
Daronda Burns on May 26, 2011
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