Will Smith’s given us plenty of updates on the proposed third Bad Boys movie over the years. The most recent came in February when the actor told BBC Radio that he’d recently met with his co-star Martin Lawrence to bat around the possibility of popping out another adventure for Lowery and Burnett. Apparently, all it took was a hug for them to agree on Bad Boys 3.
Sony Pictures felt even more confident, pencilling in release dates for a third and fourth installment in the franchise on February 17, 2017 and July 3, 2019 respectively.
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Well, sorry to break it to you folks, but it now looks as if we’re not getting ANY Bad Boys movies for a while. A Tweet from Exhibitor Relations states that the third film is now slated for a January 12, 2018 release date. This isn’t exactly great news as the beginning of the year is typically where studio dreck goes to die. On the bright side, it’s now got a brand new title – Bad Boys For Life – that’s a neat reference to one of Smith’s lines in the first movie. There’s no word on a release move for the fourth film.
With the future of Sony’s other blockbuster properties like Jump Street, Men In Black and Ghostbusters looking less certain, it’s strange that Bad Boys 3 is being saddled with that less-than-optimistic opening date. But with Joe Carnahan writing and directing and Deadpool proving that release window curses are destined to be broken, there’s reason to be hopeful about this brand.