So it’s actually happening; Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are going to be teaming up again for another installment of their hit franchise Bad Boys. For the upcoming Bad Boy 3 the story will be spearheaded by a new director, Joe Carnahan. In a exclusive interview with Collider, Carnahan gave a little insight on the new film.
Carnahan revealed that the script is currently undergoing a rewrite, and once that comes in and meets everyone’s approval, they’ll be going into prep “ASAP,” reiterating that Smith and Lawrence are definitely “in” for the project. As for what the story might entail, Carnahan said he’s not ignoring the time that has passed between Bad Boys 2 and this new film: “We’re certainly not ignoring that, and that is a part of it. What happens 15 years on and where’s your life at now and what did you foresee yourself, it’s really rich material in that way. That part I’m really excited about, it’s a lot of exploring where are they now.”
The Stretch filmmaker said that for him, it wasn’t so much the previous two films that excited him about directing Bad Boys 3, but the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence. When it comes to the film’s Big Bad, Carnahan didn’t want to reveal too much, but he did tease that there will be multiple antagonists: “It wasn’t challenging [coming up with the antagonist]. It should’ve been. You’ve got all these years in the game and you’ve made all these enemies, you’ve accumulated all this, so in that respect it would be easy. But I don’t wanna say anything else because I don’t wanna ruin the delicacy of who our antagonist is, because I think it’s very cool. It’s not one person. It’s a multi-headed hydra, I’ll say that. It works beautifully.”