Martin Lawrence and Will Smith blew up Miami and Cuba in the sequel, who knows how much carnage could have been. Joe Carnahan left the project in March over scheduling conflicts, he had worked on a first draft of ‘Bad Boys for Life’ and was set to direct the film as well. After five months of Sony looking for a director with no luck, you understand why the film has been pulled.
‘Bad Boys’ from 1995 made $141 million from a $19 million budget. Eight years later Smith was an icon, and in 2003, Michael Bay blew the doors off everything with $130 million budgeted sequel and earned a solid return with $274 million at the box office for ‘Bad Boy II.’ Here we are 23 years removed from the original, and 14 years after the sequel, does anyone care for a third film?
For a good comparison, the Lethal Weapon franchise came out in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998. The trilogy came together in five years, then the fourth film felt like a dead horse by the time 1998 came around. In ‘Lethal Weapon 4,’ 11 years after the original film redefined action movies, the fourth installment became a sitcom of itself.
The Bad Boys films are great, but how could a third film come together this far removed from the original?
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