Michael Bay’s been knee-deep in his Transformers franchise for the past three or four years (and, with Transformers 3D already in the early stages of production, he’ll stay right there for at least another year and a half), but what’s a Bay to do after completing his “Giant Robots and Glorious Cleavage” trilogy (inspired, of course, by Lars Von Trier)? Well, if Martin Lawrence has anything to say about it, his next project will be the long-awaited (by Martin Lawrence) Bad Boys 3, which we can also assume will be in 3D. Lawrence was talking about the proposed sequel recently, and it sounds as though he’s quite keen to get it going. Read on for the details, my gentle Examiner readers…
The original Bad Boys was a fairly standard buddy-cop action/comedy from then-unknown director Michael Bay. How long ago was it? Well, Tea Leoni was the lead actress in the film. That should give you an idea how long ago that flick came out. The second Bad Boys arrived back in 2003, was far more awesome, and has somehow become a bit of a moder action classic (see also: the numerous shout-outs it receives in Hot Fuzz). Go figure.
Anyway, it appears that Martin Lawrence– who played the buddy-cop to Will Smith’s other buddy-cop– is very interested in getting a third go-round off the ground with director Michael Bay returning to direct. How much of this is wishful thinking versus actual news is debatable, but let’s hear him out, either way:
Any time you can get Big Willie to come out and talk about doing a third installment of a hot movie like ‘Bad Boys,’ you have to take notice. I met with Michael Bay, and he said he’s onboard too — so it’s real…We’re just waiting on Jerry Bruckheimer to let us know when it’s really real. (MTV News)
Like it says in the intro, a lot of this is going to depend upon what Michael Bay decides to do after directing the third Transformers film, which is about “this close” to going into production (with John Malkovich, no less). The bombastic director was previously linked to I Am Number Four, a sci-fi action flick based on a novel by James Frey (yeah, the “Million Little Pieces” guy), but recently rumors surfaced that he was off the project. So, could be next, could be that Martin Lawrence just really doesn’t want to make Big Momma’s House 4D as his next film.
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