As a fan of Joe Carnahan‘s work — Narc, Stretch, Smokin’ Aces, The Grey — I’m pretty much up for whatever he’s working on next and the idea of him stepping in for Michael Bay and taking over the Bad Boys franchise sounds like something right up his alley.
Word from Deadline is Carnahan has been brought on to take a pass at David Guggenheim‘s script for a Bad Boys 3 with eyes at possibly directing. The goal is to have the project ready for Will Smith to consider as soon as he’s done shooting Suicide Squad with David Ayer. Considering Smith could use a couple big hits after After Earth and the modest returns for Focus, I have to imagine he’d be up for returning to one of his most popular franchise and I think we all know Martin Lawrence is in.
In fact, Lawrence was on “Conan” back in August and told the late night host, “I believe [Bad Boys 3 is going to happen]. Yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said its real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close and it all looks good.”
Personally, I like both Bad Boys movies, though will freely admit the sequel is a bloated mess, and think Carnahan might be just the right person for this one. You? Here’s what Carnahan had to say about it…