News: Will Smith & Martin Lawrence's "Bad Boys 3" In The Works

Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009 10:40AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's popular Bad Boys series is reportedly preparing to bring its third installment to the big screen, however, the film's two stars have not yet been confirmed to appear as the leads.

A movie studio and writer for the upcoming film have already been chosen.

Columbia Pictures is developing a third installment of the high-octane Bad Boys franchise, tapping Peter Craig to pen the 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 in the early stages, none has a deal to return. (The Hollywood Reporter)

While neither Smith or Lawrence have confirmed their return, both actors are reportedly interested in re-taking their roles.

All parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out. One potential hurdle, however, would be the costly deals with the players. Craig co-wrote The Town, which Ben Affleck is directing for Warner Bros. and which shoots in Boston next month. He is adapting anime Cowboy Bebop for 20th Century Fox and Keanu Reeves. (Cinematical)

The original film landed in theaters around 1995 followed by its sequel nearly a decade later.

The Boys movies feature Smith and Lawrence as Miami detectives "Mike Lowrey" and "Marcus Burnett," caught up in cases involving car chases and explosions. The first Boys, released in 1995, helped launch Bay as a director and Smith as an action star even though it was not a fire-stamped blockbuster -- it grossed $66 million domestically and $141 million worldwide. The sequel, released in 2003 when Bay and Smith's stars had risen, grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide. (Reuters)

Smith is also reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming City That Sailed fantasy-based film.

Francis Lawrence may be reuniting with Will Smith for a fantastical drama titled The City That Sailed at Twentieth Century Fox. The director is developing the project, which is being produced by Smith's Overbrook banner, with an eye to direct. Written by Andrew Niccol, the studio picked up the spec in 2006, however, no deals are made for either Lawrence or Smith. Touted as a fantasy drama, the flick follows a street magician father and his daughter who reside on opposite ends of the Atlantic after circumstances force her to move to England. Her desire to be reunited with her dad is so strong that she causes the island of Manhattan to break off from the rest of North America and drift across the ocean. (E! Online)

Check out the action packed car chase scene from Bad Boys 2 below:

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