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Thoughts on Bad Boys For Life Moving Ahead

November 3, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Bad Boys II

It’s official. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have confirmed that Bad Boys 3 is going ahead.

Smith, who played Detective Mike Lowrey, made the announcement in a video on Instagram, to his 24.4 million followers. “It’s official, Bad Boys 3 is happening, it’s official,” he shouted.

“We’re making it happen,” his co-star Lawrence added.

Will it have the same magic as the first two though?

The third installment in the franchise will be directed by Belgian film making team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah with production starting in mid-January.

The first Bad Boys was directed directed by Michael Bay and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It was a massive success, grossing $141,407,024 worldwide. The sequel brought even bigger dollars, doing $273 million worldwide.

Bad Boys was a huge mix of visual effects, action sequences, and humor in perfect 90s fashion. It also helped put Smith and Lawrence on the map in Hollywood. More than 20 years later, the duo is finally coming together to deliver audiences the third film in the franchise, which has social media elated.

Smith has gone on to be one of the biggest movie stars in the world, being nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. Not only that, he is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred, open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.

Lawrence may not have the same stellar resume and numbers but his Martin show is a TV classic, has a number of blockbuster franchises attached to his name, and can brag about a leading man box office worldwide total of $985,947,013.

A third Bad Boys has been teased since 2008, with Bay saying he’d return to direct but expressed concern about cost. Then rumors of creative differences arose and the project seemed to be permanently shelved.

I won’t go into the spinoff TV show that’s currently on order.

The franchise joins a number of other projects that have come back after a number of years. How will it end up performing at the box office is anyone’s guess but nostalgia has been kind to Hollywood. Add that to Smith’s powerhouse and this could be huge blockbuster.

What do you think about another Bad Boys movie?