Joe Carnahan Teases Bad Boys 3 Pre-Production [Updated]

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It is hard to believe 13 years have passed since the release of Bad Boys 2; the ultra-violent, aggressively un-PC action/comedy box-office smash that was hailed back in 2003 as (depending on your point of view) either an all-time high or a toxic low for the careers of Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and director Michael Bay. The intervening years have seen Bay transition to Transformers features, Smith embarked on a series of increasingly low-grossing would-be franchises and dramatic roles and Lawrence pile up two more Big Momma's House sequels.

Now, the series and the original stars appear poised to reunite, with action specialist Joe Carnahan all-but confirming on Twitter that he will step into Michael Bay's shoes as director of Bad Boys 3.Carnahan has been circling the project for over a year, and is already known to have taken a pass at the screenplay. His near-confirmation of coming onboard to direct came in the form of a Tweet showing pre-visualization of a freeway action sequence, presumably from the feature.

...who is this man?

...and how bad is he? #BadBoys3

— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) February 11, 2016

Update: Carnahan tweeted a followup pre-vis image two days later:

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