Director Joe Carnahan is doing what most directors do about their upcoming projects, pumping them up in the media to build excitement. And he says his next project, Bad Boys 3 – which is now called Bad Boys for Life – is “the strongest script” yet.
According to Carnahan, [Bad Boys For Life is] the strongest script of any of those movies. Hands down. In a walk over. Unless you’re Toy Story 3, usually third ones aren’t the strongest, and I think this one will be the strongest of the trilogy thus far.” He also says “there’s a lot of funny shit in this movie,” which kind of goes without saying.
Now, the Bad Boys franchise has never been anchored by some whip smart screenplay as much as it was bolstered by the brilliant chemistry and riffing between its two massive (at the time) stars, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The original Bad Boys is one of Michael Bay’s best, and Bad Boys II is… something indeed. Calling it “great” feels really weird, because it’s really awful and hateful and extreme. But, if you’re able to separate what cinema should be from what it is here, in this hermetically sealed alt-world of Michael Bay insanity, perhaps Bad Boys II is a work of mad genius. Curtis Waugh certainly thinks so.
Bad Boys for Life will release January 12, 2018 (eek!). But we know Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back, obviously, and Joe Carnahan is directing. As for that screenplay, well, it’s written by Joe Carnahan with assists from David Guggenheim and Anthony Tambakis. So there’s that.