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Joe Carnahan in early talks to write and direct Bad Boys 3

06.09.2015

It's a little surprising that it's taken this long to get BAD BOYS 3 going but the long-in-development third installment of the BAD BOYS franchise may finally be moving forward; Deadline has reported that Joe Carnahan is in early talks to rewrite a strong existing draft by David Guggenheim with a possibility that he may also direct the film.

Michael Bay, Martin Lawrence, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Will Smith have talked up BAD BOYS 3 for some time but according to Bruckheimer the long delay hasn't been due to lack of interest, it's simply a difficult task getting everyone together at the same time. Martin Lawrence has long desired a chance to step back into the shoes of Marcus Burnett and has always seemed certain that the film would happen; just last year he revealed that the script was getting close to completion.

I believe so. Yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said its real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close and it all looks good.

Sony is looking to get things moving forward quickly as they want to have a movie for Will Smith to consider once he finishes up with SUICIDE SQUAD. There's no deal in place for Joe Carnahan at the moment but should this news pan out, based on his past action flicks, I'd totally be on board with Carnahan lending his brand of macho action to the BAD BOYS world.

Would Joe Carnahan be a good fit for BAD BOYS?

Source: Deadline

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5:25PM on 06/10/2015

Terrible idea

BB2 stank.
BB1 was only saved by Tea Leoni
Martin Lawrence can't act, nor is funny
Will Smith has lost his mojo
BB2 stank.
BB1 was only saved by Tea Leoni
Martin Lawrence can't act, nor is funny
Will Smith has lost his mojo
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9:29AM on 06/10/2015
This would be amazing. First, they definitely need to do a Bad Boys 3 while Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are still able to do them. Second, Joe Carnahan could do a great job with this material. I know it will be a departure from Michael Bay's standard machismo and misogyny, but I'd gladly give that up for a really great action movie at the hands of Joe Carnahan.
This would be amazing. First, they definitely need to do a Bad Boys 3 while Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are still able to do them. Second, Joe Carnahan could do a great job with this material. I know it will be a departure from Michael Bay's standard machismo and misogyny, but I'd gladly give that up for a really great action movie at the hands of Joe Carnahan.
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2:17AM on 06/10/2015
I've always been keen for another bad boys. As long as its not 2 and a half hours long like the 2nd film.
I've always been keen for another bad boys. As long as its not 2 and a half hours long like the 2nd film.
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1:38AM on 06/10/2015

oh hell yeah!!

Great choice for a director, he has the same style as Bay pretty much. Bring it on, one of my favorite franchises & fans have been begging for a Bad Boys 3, I'm excited now.
Great choice for a director, he has the same style as Bay pretty much. Bring it on, one of my favorite franchises & fans have been begging for a Bad Boys 3, I'm excited now.
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12:41AM on 06/10/2015
Finally! This third outing is long overdue. I like Carnahan's style he would be great, but I will miss Bay's slow motion, rising up from the ashes, serious look shots, from Will and Martin.
Finally! This third outing is long overdue. I like Carnahan's style he would be great, but I will miss Bay's slow motion, rising up from the ashes, serious look shots, from Will and Martin.
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12:14AM on 06/10/2015
Quite possibly the ONLY director i would want in this project if Bay doesnt return. Carnahan is one of my favorites, Smokin Aces is in my top 5 of all time with his most recent Stretch being a huge favorite of mine in the past year. The guy gets performances out of Chris Pine that are fucking amazing! Can not wait for a Bad Boys 3!
Quite possibly the ONLY director i would want in this project if Bay doesnt return. Carnahan is one of my favorites, Smokin Aces is in my top 5 of all time with his most recent Stretch being a huge favorite of mine in the past year. The guy gets performances out of Chris Pine that are fucking amazing! Can not wait for a Bad Boys 3!
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11:39PM on 06/09/2015

I'm all for a "Bad Boys 3"....but

Despite all the hate Bay has gotten over the past decade over the "Transformers" series...It'd be a minor disappointment (just in my honest opinion) if he didn't return to close out this popcorn trilogy. Part 1 was his very first (& arguably most reserved) movie & there's just something about the mindless action & characters chemistry that I'm afraid might be lost if it were handed over to another director. This is the one franchise Bayhem is welcome.

Although Joe Carnahan, in retrospect,
Despite all the hate Bay has gotten over the past decade over the "Transformers" series...It'd be a minor disappointment (just in my honest opinion) if he didn't return to close out this popcorn trilogy. Part 1 was his very first (& arguably most reserved) movie & there's just something about the mindless action & characters chemistry that I'm afraid might be lost if it were handed over to another director. This is the one franchise Bayhem is welcome.

Although Joe Carnahan, in retrospect, would def seem to be an adept successor, if any, to this particular series.

I adored "Narc" & "Stretch"... and "The A-Team" & "Smokin' Aces" were enjoyable escapist, underrated kinetic gems. So yeah, now that I think about it...Joe C. might do a cool job if given the chance. But I hope Bay comes back to cap his trilogy.
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11:39PM on 06/09/2015
Skeptical but I do like Carnahan. I'd love to see it more Narc and not A-Team.....
Skeptical but I do like Carnahan. I'd love to see it more Narc and not A-Team.....
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10:50PM on 06/09/2015
IOn the one hand I love Joe Carnahan, and I could see his Smokin' Aces style jiving with Bad Boys 3. And, after initiallythinking Bad Boys 2 was an overblown work of excess, I now realize it was probably the perfect marriage of Michael Bay's Bayhem, excess, and bad jokes (delivered by guys who could make them sound good).

At the same time, is this really what Carnahan's been reduced to? Helming the third in a series that represents the epitome of Hollywood's most divisive director of
IOn the one hand I love Joe Carnahan, and I could see his Smokin' Aces style jiving with Bad Boys 3. And, after initiallythinking Bad Boys 2 was an overblown work of excess, I now realize it was probably the perfect marriage of Michael Bay's Bayhem, excess, and bad jokes (delivered by guys who could make them sound good).

At the same time, is this really what Carnahan's been reduced to? Helming the third in a series that represents the epitome of Hollywood's most divisive director of blockbusters? But I could see Carnahan and Bruckheimer becoming good partners if Bruckheimer really wants to start getting his brand back out there. So if this is what it takes, go for it Joe.
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10:44PM on 06/09/2015

hmmm I want a compromise

I want Smith/Lawrence/Bay all back. Bay in the directors Chair and Carnaham as the screenwriter.

Bad Boys 3 will stick out like a sore thumb without Bays cinematographical touch..

may I present to you What is Bayhem [link]
I want Smith/Lawrence/Bay all back. Bay in the directors Chair and Carnaham as the screenwriter.

Bad Boys 3 will stick out like a sore thumb without Bays cinematographical touch..

may I present to you What is Bayhem [link]
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10:42PM on 06/09/2015
This movie is long over due; c'mon Jerry, make it happen.
This movie is long over due; c'mon Jerry, make it happen.
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10:25PM on 06/09/2015
oh fuck yes
oh fuck yes
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10:19PM on 06/09/2015
I hope this is a great comeback for Joe Carnahan.
I hope this is a great comeback for Joe Carnahan.
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10:17PM on 06/09/2015
He would be a great fit to write AND direct, but I'd rather see him spend his time, talent, and craft on more original material then some second sequel.
He would be a great fit to write AND direct, but I'd rather see him spend his time, talent, and craft on more original material then some second sequel.
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