Bad Boys 3 is the third chapter in director Michael Bay’s buddy-cop franchise (starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence), whereas Uncharted is a movie based on video game developer Naughty Dog’s globe-trotting adventure series. The two might not seem to have much in common on the surface (besides having wiseacre protagonists, perhaps) yet both are projects that Sony Pictures has been trying – and failing – to get off the ground for some time now.
We learned earlier this year that screenwriters Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (the National Treasure movies) are working on a new script draft for the Uncharted movie, now that the previous drafts by filmmakers Neil Burger (Divergent) and David O. Russell (American Hustle) have been abandoned. Meanwhile, producer Jerry Bruckheimer let it be known a couple months back that he’s lending a helping hand on the Bad Boys 3 development process.
Deadline is reporting that screenwriter David Guggenheim (Safe House) penned the most recent Uncharted script draft, but is now in the midst of “early talks” with Sony for him to write the Bad Boys 3 screenplay. Neither of these projects have directors onboard for the time being, as Uncharted has been without a helmer since Burger stepped away.
As for Bay: he is currently preoccupied with post-production on Transformers: Age of Extinction – for a Summer 2014 release date – but, in the past, Bay has indicated that he would be more than happy to reunite with Smith and Lawrence for a third round of cops-gone-wild.
Guggenheim cut his teeth as a writer on the standard, but otherwise effective, politically-minded action/thriller Safe House (read our review); he also has writing projects like the developing drug-smuggling thrill ride Narco-Sub arriving in the future.
What’s curious about his involvement with both Uncharted and Bad Boys 3 is that (so far) Guggenheim has been pigeon-holed as someone who develops straight-faced B-movies, whereas the two properties in question blend a fair amount of humor and winking jokes into the genre proceedings (hence, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been pursued to write an Uncharted script). Moreover, the movies’ respective genres – jungle-crusading adventure and buddy action – tend to be played more for nostalgic effect, nowadays.
On the other hand, maybe a more serious approach is what’s needed for Uncharted to stand apart from the Indiana Jones and/or National Treasure franchises; likewise, Sony executive might feel that Bad Boys 3 ought to be a little (you know what’s coming next…) grittier than the sequel, which released ten years ago.
Problem is, wouldn’t that also cause these properties to lose some of their fun and appeal (in this – for now – purely theoretical scenario)? Let us know your thoughts and feelings about these films in the comments section.
We’ll keep you posted on Bad Boys 3 and Uncharted as more information is made available.