You knew this was coming, right? It looks like the dynamic duo of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence may be headed back to the big screen for a third helping of action, comedy and Bayhem in Bad Boys 3. Columbia Pictures has reportedly hired a screenwriter by the name of Peter Craig to pen the script, whose credits include the upcoming Ben Affleck-directed crime flick The Town and the live action anime adaptation Cowboy Bebop. Although there are no deals in place as of yet, they are hoping to reteam Smith and Lawrence with director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, thus maintaining the formula that made the first two movies such a big success. I don’t think there’s any question that this would rake in boatloads of cash, but the question is, how much money will they have to spend to get it made?
For Will Smith, it will be just another sequel that the suits are begging him to do, but for Martin Lawrence, this series is easily his biggest paycheck to date, and I’m sure he’d sign on in a second (not that the upcoming Wild Hogs 2 won’t be lucrative as well). Personally I don’t have a lot of affinity for the first two films (in fact, I can’t even remember if I’ve seen the second one), but I think it’s definitely the kind of thing that Michael Bay is best suited for. I’d much rather see him spend time on stuff like this, where he can be as mindless and as juvenile as he wants without destroying potentially cool franchises. What do you say, are you down with Bad Boys 3?