Bad Boys 3 Talk Begins at 3:16 mark
Bad Boys 3 is one of those longtime-coming threequels that it's almost hard to believe in anymore. (Seriously, we have articles about it stretching back to five years ago.) However, as of today it appears that recent talk from producers like Jerry Bruckheimer wasn't just smoke; as you can see in the latter half of the above video, even franchise star Martin Lawrence confirms that the film is in the works.
Here's the exact quote from Lawrence regarding Bad Boy 3; the actor was stopping by Conan to promote his new TV series with Kelsey Grammar, Partners:
ML: I belive so, yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday. He said it's real, they're working on the script, they're getting close - and it all looks good.
Bad Boys 1 & 2 were of course directed by Michael "Boom-Boom" Bay, who has been almost exclusively wrapped up in the Transformers franchise since 2007. However, right now there are rumblings that Bay may not direct Transformers 5, which is admittedly a scenario the director hinted at before coming on for TF4. If he's truly burned out there, returning to buddy-cop action may indeed be what he does next - assuming the Bad Boys franchise is still his to helm.
Meanwhile, Martin Lawrence has room for a movie in between his TV schedule, and his franchise co-star Will Smith could certainly use a guaranteed box office hit right about now. Seven Pounds, Men in Black III, After Earth - Smith's power at the domestic box office has been showing signs of wear for almost as long as Bay has been playing with Transformers. Big Will needs a boost, and since it looks like he's stepping away from Independence Day 2 and MIB 4, Bad Boys 3 may be his last big franchise revisit to cash in. (Because the world is not exactly waiting with bated breath for Hancock 2.)
Bad Boys 1 remains an action classic; Bad Boys 2 was still good, but was also like bell toll for the moment when Bay's filmmaking really started to go over the top. After seeing what kind of better product a more restrained Michael Bay crafted in Pain & Gain, here's hoping Bad Boys 3 will take things back to the original scale. Bigger doesn't always equal better.
We'll keep you updated on the status of Bad Boys 3 as more details become available.