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Joe Carnahan has officially left Bad Boys 3

03.08.2017

The path to bringing bad boys Martin Lawrence and Will Smith back to the big screen for good-old-fashioned mayhem has hit another pump in the road, as director/writer Joe Carnahan has officially left BAD BOYS FOR LIFE.  This is a serious letdown for anyone hoping to see Smith and Lawrence take on a pack of wolves.

The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop that the director would be leaving the project due to scheduling conflicts. Carnahan also wrote the most recent draft of the script, and while a search for a new director is already underway the studio may also be looking to hire a new writer. Though the original story cited how some sources were saying Carnahan may have left over "creative differences", the director took to Twitter to assure us it was indeed a scheduling issue:

Though this may be a sour note for fans of the director, the studio could still make the beginning of their planned fall shoot date if they find their new director in time. But overall this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone following Carnahan’s other projects. On top of getting ready for BAD BOYS he's been writing the UNCHARTED movie, is rumored to be writing the X-FORCE movie, and will direct a remake of THE RAID starring Frank Grillo. When it comes to the latter Carnahan may not have had time to get it started anytime soon, between shooting, post and promoting BAD BOYS, all while starting up aforementioned company.

I’m a little bummed to see him go, but not totally flabbergasted. The man has been taking on a lot of projects recently so it was likely one would fall through the cracks. But I didn’t think it’d be this one, given it has the higher profile and more likeliness for success. But I am sad, as I'm one of the folks who wanted to see Smith fight a wolf. *sigh*

Source: THR

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7:55PM on 03/08/2017
This guy has been attached then unattached to so many projects its insane. After A-team this guy has just been a mess, its clear he's trying to make up for that miss and hes being so picky it seems hes never gonna get anything off the ground thats gonna get a wide release.
This guy has been attached then unattached to so many projects its insane. After A-team this guy has just been a mess, its clear he's trying to make up for that miss and hes being so picky it seems hes never gonna get anything off the ground thats gonna get a wide release.
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6:38PM on 03/08/2017
Just get Bay in the chair. Have him finish it off right.
Just get Bay in the chair. Have him finish it off right.
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2:02PM on 03/08/2017
I was a little surprised. He's been on this for so long. But I'd much rather see Carnahan tackle something that he's really passionate about than Michael Bay's sloppy seconds.
I was a little surprised. He's been on this for so long. But I'd much rather see Carnahan tackle something that he's really passionate about than Michael Bay's sloppy seconds.
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1:32PM on 03/08/2017
I feel like this guy gets paid not to work
I feel like this guy gets paid not to work
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12:28PM on 03/08/2017

BB3

Its been 14 years since the last movie maybe this is a sign to stop. That and Will Smith n Martin Lawerwnce aint lighting uo any movies anymore
Its been 14 years since the last movie maybe this is a sign to stop. That and Will Smith n Martin Lawerwnce aint lighting uo any movies anymore
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9:59AM on 03/08/2017
That's too bad because I really like his work.
That's too bad because I really like his work.
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8:46AM on 03/08/2017

We don't need another Bad Boys movie...

It will just turn out like all of the other past their prime sequels released in the past two years. While I really hope Martin Lawrence returns to theaters, it might not be a bad idea to do it with a fresh character. Sure it didn't turn out well with Eddie Murphy but he was handed a mediocre script with Mr Church and did his best with it (it was better than another fat suit movie like Klumps 3)
It will just turn out like all of the other past their prime sequels released in the past two years. While I really hope Martin Lawrence returns to theaters, it might not be a bad idea to do it with a fresh character. Sure it didn't turn out well with Eddie Murphy but he was handed a mediocre script with Mr Church and did his best with it (it was better than another fat suit movie like Klumps 3)
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8:21AM on 03/08/2017
I'm still surprised this wasn't something Bay wanted to direct.
I'm still surprised this wasn't something Bay wanted to direct.
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8:09AM on 03/08/2017

Bay or nothing

The Grey was my favorite film of 2011, and yet I'm happy to hear Carnahan is focusing on other, more fitting projects.

Damn shame Bay won't tackle this head-on. Love it or hate it, Bad Boys is the one franchise all can agree he was born to make.
The Grey was my favorite film of 2011, and yet I'm happy to hear Carnahan is focusing on other, more fitting projects.

Damn shame Bay won't tackle this head-on. Love it or hate it, Bad Boys is the one franchise all can agree he was born to make.
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7:48AM on 03/08/2017

no M. Bay directing = not a real Bad Boys movie...


period.

period.
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