Bad Boys TV Spin-Off in the Works

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Although the status of the third Bad Boys movie, officially titled Bad Boys for Life, continues to be uncertain, it appears that Sony Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are now looking to keep the franchise alive in another way. A TV spin-off is reportedly in the works and it will revolve around Gabrielle Union’s character Special Agent Sydney “Syd” Burnett from Bad Boys II. As far as we know, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will not be appearing (although to be fair Martin Lawrence’s involvement doesn’t seem out of the question). No word yet on whether it will be called “Bad Girl” (see: the recent announcement of The Nice Guys TV show).

According to Deadline, Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad and Sony Pictures TV Studios are setting up a Bad Boys spin-off TV series and are currently in the process of shopping it around to networks. Gabrielle Union will headline the show, reprising her role as DEA agent Sydney Burnett, the sister of Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence). Her schedule has opened up because her current show Being Mary Jane will wrap up next year on BET with a two-hour finale. Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier (The Blacklist) are currently on board as writers.

Of course, the big question here is what does this mean for the Bad Boys movie franchise? Back in March, director Joe Carnahan left Bad Boys for Life over creative differences and the movie was delayed. Recently, Martin Lawrence told EW that he didn’t think the third movie was going to happen after all. The fact that they are now pursuing a TV spin-off certainly doesn’t seem like a good sign for the movie, but perhaps they are looking at it for possible tie in or crossover potential? Either way, I can’t see this being much of a consolation for fans. Would you watch a Bad Boys TV show without Will Smith and Martin Lawrence?

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  • Jake

    I hate it when projects fall apart at the last moment. A Carnahan-directed Bad Boys movie sounded awesome and seemed like it was all set to start production this fall (at least according to Smith and Lawrence). He leaves the project and now it’s back to development hell where it’s turned into a TV show? Lame. At least the big screen allows them to do whatever they want. I would suspect this ends up on a major network and not cable, so won’t be rated R. So what is it? Just another generic cop show.

  • MrJekyllandDrHyde

    Who cares? The first one was mediocre and the second one was one of the worst big budget movies ever made. Let this franchise stay dead.