Even in today's constant stream of sequels, reboots and remakes, it seems that some franchises can't help but stall out in between installments. Ghostbusters 3 is perhaps the best example of Hollywood trying to continue a hit franchise, only to run into years of development hell in the process. However, Bad Boys 3 and National Treasure 3 are on the list as well.
Both franchises have two box office hits under their belts and heavy-duty star power with actors like Will Smith and Nicolas Cage, respectively. Yet, 11 years has passed since Bad Boys II scored $273 million at the worldwide box office, and it's been a full seven years since Cage went treasure-hunting, previously pulling in $457 million with National Treasure: Book of Secrets. So what's holding up progress on the sequels, considering that these studios have guaranteed hits waiting in the wings?
Collider recently asked Jerry Bruckheimer - who produces both franchises - for an update. First up, here's what he had to say about the status of Bad Boys 3:
“It’s so funny because we’ll get Sony real excited to make the movie, and then Will [Smith] is off doing two movies. And then, Will will come back and be real excited about it, and Sony will say, ‘Well, maybe it’s not the time for this.’ And then, Ride Along came out and was a big hit, and now they’re all excited to make the movie, but Will is off doing something else. It’s just trying to get everybody together to make it. But, we’re working on the script. We have a lot of faith and hope that we’ll do it.”
It's not surprising that Smith's schedule is partly to blame for the delay, as the actor is still very much in demand (despite After Earth's disappointing performance). Still, it's encouraging to hear that he remains passionate about coming back for a third film, especially after reports the he is done with the Men in Black franchise and won't appear in the upcoming Independence Day sequel. It's also noteworthy that Bruckheimer doesn't make mention of Michael Bay - who made his directorial debut with the first Bad Boys and returned to helm its sequel. Bad Boys 3 did recently secure a new writer, but it's possible that Bay may be available (and not tied up by the Transformers franchise) when the film finally starts production.
As for National Treasure 3, things sound even more hopeful or, at least, like they're moving forward, according to Bruckheimer.
“Those are the hardest movies to make because they’re all based on clues. It’s so difficult to work them out. But, we got a first act in [on Friday], and Jon [Turteltaub, who directed both previous films] was very excited about it and I’m very excited about it. Hopefully, the first act will lead into the second act and the third act, and we’ll get this thing going.”
Word is that the director and Cage are both very much interested in continuing the adventures of Benjamin Franklin Gates and his crew. Cage is busy as ever, with several project on the way, but we're betting that Disney won't be able to resist keeping this franchise alive, given its overseas appeal and dwindling returns on the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Are you excited at the thought of another installment in the Bad Boys and National Treasure franchises? Let us know what you'd like to see in the sequels in the comments section below.