Seriously, what the heck’s going on with Bad Boys 3 (aka Bad Boys For Life), Sony’s long in development sequel to 2003’s Bad Boys II? It’s been well over a decade since Will Smith and Martin Lawrence showed up on screen as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, and fans have been asking for more ever since their last appearance. Despite that, however, the studio hasn’t moved forward yet with a third installment in the series.
Then again, it’s not like it’s been due to a lack of trying. Originally set to arrive in November of 2018, Sony ended up removing the pic from their schedule about a year ago and haven’t given it a new date since, which means that in all likelihood, it’s on indefinite hold.
Granted, back in January we heard that Sony had drafted in two directors in the form of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and hoped to get things rolling in August, but August came and went and we still haven’t heard of any sort of update. It’s getting to be a bit frustrating and Smith is feeling that, too, as the actor posted the below video on Instagram this week sharing his feelings on how hard it’s been to get the threequel off the ground.
We feel you, Will, and it’s really about time Sony gets their act together and starts moving forward with Bad Boys 3. After all, producer Michael Bay stated roughly a year ago that he’s still feeling optimistic about it, saying:
“Well, we’ve been developing it for I don’t know how many years now and we had a period of time where it got pretty close and then it drifted away a little bit and hopefully it will drift back again. We have a new writer on it who’s working on it right now, so that gives me encouragement.”
So, where does that leave things? Quite honestly, it’s hard to say. The project doesn’t sound like it’s dead just yet, but the studio’s certainly taking their sweet time with it and with both Smith and Lawrence getting on in age, it doesn’t look like they have too much longer left if they truly want to make the film happen.