“When news hit of a third entry in the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys For Life, fans of the series were excited to hear that the film would be hitting in June 2017.” – comicbook.com
Even though June 2017 is still some ways’ away, the studio (Sony Pictures) recently announced Bad Boys For Life (Bad Boys 3)was delayed until January 12th, 2018 – “June 2017 wasn’t far enough apparently.”
While delays suck, they tend to come from a “well-meaning place typically” – meaning more time to straighten the edges out & make it the best it can be. In an interview with io9, director (and writer) Joe Carnahan said Bad Boys 3 will be the strongest of all three – relating excerpt can be read below.
“Unless you’re Toy Story 3, usually third ones aren’t the strongest, and I think this one will be the strongest of the trilogy thus far. There’s a lot of funny shit in this movie. There’s also a very mysterious, but tonally spot-on story that I think is kind of perfect for where we are in this day and age, where the guys are and reflectively, a very modern on these guys. It’s kind of what becomes of Bad Boys when they’re not boys anymore.”
Carnahan also acknowledged that there will be inside jokes and nods to longtime fans, however, that isn’t necessarily a priority – relating excerpt can be read below.
“There are obviously little things you want to tip your hat too but I think the danger is becoming this slavish – ‘We have to check all these boxes’. There aren’t these legions of people demanding your head because you didn’t bring back John Salley or you didn’t bring back Joe Pantoliano. I think you have to be careful with that. I’m always interested in ‘I know what has been done. What hasn’t been done?’ If not it’s just regurgitating old tropes and ideas and that’s not fun for anybody.”
“Even though” Will Smith and Martin Lawrence bring large followings with them to any project they feature in, Carnahan doesn’t want to rely on that is making a movie that will potentially resonate with new and old fans alike – relating excerpt can be read below.
“When you’re coming back after 15 years, you better come back with a home run ball. I really believe that’s what we have… We’ve got a responsibility to make something that’s absolutely equivalent or exceeds what comes before. That’s a really important thing for all of us.”