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Sony is putting into motion a third "Bad Boys" movie, and the studio has got its collective eye on "Safe House" writer David Guggenheim for the script. But will the original Bad Boys return?
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence starred in the 1995 original and its 2003 sequel, both of which made a boatload of dough. The first film also launched the career of a young buck named Michael Bay, who went on to direct "The Rock," "Armageddon," and "Pearl Harbor" in quick succession before returning for "Bad Boys II." The first movie came out when Will Smith was on the cusp of his action movie stardom; Lawrence was still starring on his own popular TV show, and hadn't yet donned "Big Momma"'s fat suit.
The question is whether the stars would return for a three-peat, or if they're even the same box office draws as they once were. "After Earth," Smith's passion project co-starring his son Jaden, made the bulk of its cash overseas, bringing in just $60.5M domestically. Lawrence has faced a host of personal problems, so his recent roles have been limited to films like "Wild Hogs," "Death at a Funeral," and "Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins."
Guggenheim's "Safe House" starred Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and was released in February, a typically bleak month for new movies. Its success was enough to get the writer more gigs, including a sequel to "Safe House," among others.
Will Sony's attempts to revive this franchise succeed or go the way of its long-stalled "Ghostbusters" reboot? Only time will tell. In the meantime, we've always got Dan Aykroyd to harass about sequels.