Jerry Bruckheimer developing Bad Boys 4

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is working on bringing Bad Boys 4 to the big screen.The Hollywood producer has worked on the action comedy franchise, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, since the hugely successful blockbuster Bad Boys debuted back in 1…

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is working on bringing Bad Boys 4 to the big screen.

The Hollywood producer has worked on the action comedy franchise, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, since the hugely successful blockbuster Bad Boys debuted back in 1995.

Bruckheimer revealed that after the success of this year’s Bad Boys for Life, which saw Smith and Lawrence reprise their roles as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, he’s now working with bosses at Sony on another instalment.

“We had a great experience on the first one, both through the development process with Tom Rothman (Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman) and his team, and then through the editing process and filming process,” he told Collider. “We put together, along with their help, a movie that’s very satisfying for the audience, and we’d like to do it again, and I think they’d like us to do it again. We’re currently working on a draft for the fourth one.”

Bad Boys for Life, which was released in January, has raked in more than $419 million (£518 million) at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2020 so far. The third movie also starred franchise newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton.

It’s not yet known if Smith and Lawrence will be back onboard for the follow-up, or if directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be returning to the franchise.

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Martin Lawrence blames Will Smith for delays to Bad Boys for Life

Martin Lawrence has blamed the delays to making Bad Boys for Life on Will Smith’s desire to perfect the script.The third instalment of the action-comedy franchise, starring Lawrence and Smith as Miami detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery, was rele…

Martin Lawrence has blamed the delays to making Bad Boys for Life on Will Smith’s desire to perfect the script.

The third instalment of the action-comedy franchise, starring Lawrence and Smith as Miami detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery, was released in January, with the flick coming two decades after Bad Boys II was unveiled in 2003.

Discussing the lengthy hiatus during a recent Q&A with #CRWN on Tidal, Lawrence playfully pointed the finger at Smith.

“(Bad Boys for Life) took so long because of this guy. He wouldn’t do the script unless it was right,” he insisted.

Smith, who co-produced the movie, then noted that the reason why the project took so long to develop was because he takes the representation of African-Americans in cinema very seriously.

“These first two (Bad Boys) movies – at the time we did the first one ’95 – it was two black guys in a movie. That was a big deal back then. And it was like just what Bad Boys meant to the community and then we came back with Bad Boys 2 and it worked,” the 51-year-old commented.

Readily accepting responsibility for Bad Boys for Life’s slow progress, Smith told the audience that he felt especially protective over the third Bad Boys film.

“(The story had to be) right, that it had something to say, that it was funny, and that it deserved to be made again… The Bad Boys had to come correct,” he stated. “I just didn’t want to wreck the franchise, you know. I had felt like I had other sequels in my career that I didn’t feel like, I didn’t land it.”

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Bad Boys for Life getting early digital release

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-…

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-grossing movie so far, having made $419 million (£356 million) at the worldwide box office.

However, its cinema run has been cut short due to movie theatres being forced to close in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, so executives at Sony Pictures have decided to release it on video-on-demand early.

The movie, which served as a sequel to 1995’s Bad Boys and 2003’s Bad Boys II, will be available digitally from 31 March, 74 days after its cinema release, and on Blu-Ray and DVD on 21 April.

Most theatrical releases are usually not available for home entertainment for 90 days after debuting in cinemas. However, this has changed significantly as a result of the crisis, with films such as Onward, The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Emma, which were all showing in cinemas when the closures happened, now being available to watch at home.

In addition to Bad Boys for Life, it was announced on Monday that British comedy Military Wives would be heading to “premium video-on-demand” platforms for a limited time from 27 March.

“The cinematic experience is key to our industry, and exhibitors continue to be our integral partners and allies. With cinemas closed nationwide due to the current climate, we want to continue to make Military Wives available to consumers,” Zygi Kamasa, chief executive of Lionsgate UK, said in a statement.

The movie, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, was released in cinemas on 6 March.

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Vanessa Hudgens gets tattoo of naked angel

Vanessa Hudgens has added to her body art collection by getting a tattoo of a nude angel.The Bad Boys For Life star shared an image of her latest addition on Instagram on Thursday, showing off the new design on the right side of her body near her ribca…

Vanessa Hudgens has added to her body art collection by getting a tattoo of a nude angel.

The Bad Boys For Life star shared an image of her latest addition on Instagram on Thursday, showing off the new design on the right side of her body near her ribcage. It features an angel with wings wearing no clothes with a star above her head.

“Divine feminine angel. not me…. my tat. But you can call me that, if you want to. #thirstythursday @drag_ink,” Vanessa wrote alongside the picture.

The artwork received praise from Vanessa’s celebrity followers in comments, with Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland writing, “I love her. And you,” and Orange is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz posting, “Wow he’s genius.”

Vanessa, 31, also shared a video clip of the first moment she saw her tattoo, with her running over to the mirror to take a look before gasping in admiration, as renowned tattoo artist Dragon of New York City’s Bang Bang Tattoo parlour could be seen giving a thumbs up in the background.

“Lol (laugh out loud) this was the first time I saw it. I never peeked. Hilarious. I love @drag_ink so damn much. What. A. Legend,” the actress captioned the video.

The Spring Breakers star is adding to her tattoo collection after splitting from her boyfriend of more than eight years, Austin Butler, back in January.

Later that same month, Vanessa enlisted the talents of Bang Bang to etch a sunflower on the side of her left breast, and she showcased the ink in a series of racy snaps on Instagram.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence scrapped stunt plans for Bad Boys sequel

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence abandoned plans to do all of their own stunt work in the new Bad Boys movie after realising they were no match for professionals.The pals have reunited for Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited third and final film in the b…

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence abandoned plans to do all of their own stunt work in the new Bad Boys movie after realising they were no match for professionals.

The pals have reunited for Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited third and final film in the buddy cop franchise, which began in 1995 and continued with the 2003 sequel, Bad Boys II.

Smith initially wanted the duo to take on as much of the action work as possible, but it didn’t take the stars long to admit they were no longer cut out for the physical toll of the stunt scenes.

“The big change for us (from previous films) was probably the amount of stunt work,” the 51-year-old shared in a joint interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “When I started, I was like, ‘We doing all the stunts, we doing everything, every one of these Bad Boys, 25 years later, all the stunts!’ Then like, probably three days in, I looked over to (Lawrence), and was like, ‘Hey, what you thinking?’

“He was like, ‘Yeah, we should probably let the stuntmen earn they money (sic)!'”

Lawrence, 54, acknowledged his larger frame is partly to blame for his lack of fitness, but joked that packing on the pounds was all in preparation to reprise his role as veteran Miami Police Department Detective Marcus Burnett, who becomes a grandfather in the new film.

“I’m a lot heavier (compared to the previous instalments),” he said. “I put on a little more pounds (sic), but it’s for the role…! Method acting!”

Smith, who plays his onscreen partner, Detective Mike Lowrey, quipped, “I was like, ‘Oh, Martin’s really into this character!'”

Bad Boys for Life opens in U.S. cinemas on Friday.

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Martin Lawrence: ‘Bad Boys post-Michael Bay is going well’

Martin Lawrence isn’t finding it too strange to film the new Bad Boys flick without Michael Bay at the helm.After 16 years away from the franchise and numerous setbacks, Lawrence and Will Smith are returning to their Bad Boys alter egos, Detective Ma…

Martin Lawrence isn’t finding it too strange to film the new Bad Boys flick without Michael Bay at the helm.

After 16 years away from the franchise and numerous setbacks, Lawrence and Will Smith are returning to their Bad Boys alter egos, Detective Marcus Burnett and Detective Mike Lowrey.

Among the hold ups in making the third film has been losing director Joe Carnahan in 2017, and Sony Pictures playing around with the release date. But now production on Bad Boys for Life is in full swing, with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah at the helm.

“Well, it’s not so strange because Bilall and Adel are doing a great job. It’s just different directors, but we’re still going to bring you that Bad Boys stuff,” Lawrence told Cinema Blend when asked how filming was without Bay.

Filming kicked off in January (19), with a script by Chris Bremner. Carnahan is also still credited as writer on IMDB.

Vanessa Hudgens and Vikings actor Alexander Ludwig are among the new cast members, while Joe Pantoliano is back as Captain Howard.

Many believed the third instalment of the cop-buddy film would never see the light of day, especially after Lawrence shared his doubts months after Carnahan’s departed the project.

“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” he told Entertainment Weekly in August 2017. “Will (Smith) is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Bad Boys for Life is slated for a January 2020 release.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence revisit Bad Boys films ahead of sequel

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have taken a trip down memory lane and revisited their original Bad Boys movies as they prepare to begin filming the new sequel. The old pals have been trying to turn their dreams of a third instalment of the action come…

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have taken a trip down memory lane and revisited their original Bad Boys movies as they prepare to begin filming the new sequel.

The old pals have been trying to turn their dreams of a third instalment of the action comedy into a reality for years, and in early October (18), studio chiefs at Sony Pictures were said to be close to signing off on the project, 15 years after Bad Boys II hit theatres.

In November, Will and Martin officially announced their return as Miami Police Department detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, and as they geared up to kick off production on Bad Boys for Life, the actors decided to check out their 1995 original and its 2003 sequel.

“First Day of Shooting tomorrow!” Will wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself and Lawrence posing in front of a big screen bearing an old image of the stars in character from the first Bad Boys.

“We watched @BadBoys 1 & 2 together over the weekend. It’s about to be KRAZY (sic)! #badboysforlife”.

This time around, Will and Martin will be joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Riverdale star Charles Melton, and Vikings actor Alexander Ludwig, with the trio portraying a highly-specialised police unit that clashes with Will and Martin’s detective characters as they tackle a new threat in Miami, Florida.

The franchise veterans will also be reunited with original co-star Joe Pantoliano, who was recently confirmed to reprise his longtime role as Captain Conrad Howard.

Rising filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the project, which will be co-produced by movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer, and is set for release in January, 2020.

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Bad Boys 3 lands new directors – report

Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have reportedly been tapped to direct Bad Boys for Life.The third instalment of the popular Will Smith and Martin Lawrence movie franchise has suffered numerous setbacks over the past few years, includi…

Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have reportedly been tapped to direct Bad Boys for Life.

The third instalment of the popular Will Smith and Martin Lawrence movie franchise has suffered numerous setbacks over the past few years, including Sony Pictures playing around with the release date and director Joe Carnahan quitting the project in March 2017.

But it now seems that fans may finally get a third film, as according to Deadline, bosses at Sony Pictures are in negotiations with Adil and Bilall, helmers of 2015 film Black, to lead the project, and mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer is still on board to produce. Should a deal be reached, initial production will finally begin in August (18).

It’s been nearly 15 years since Bad Boys II, which reunited Will and Martin’s detective characters Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, hit cinemas.

In June, original director Michael Bay, who helmed the first two films, suggested studio bosses get a move on before 49-year-old Will and 52-year-old Martin were too old to play the lead roles.

“Pretty soon they’re going to be old boys,” he said in an interview with Cinema Blend. “Pretty soon they’re going to be retired cops instead of active-duty cops. It’s taken a long time to get that thing going, and I’m not involved in getting it going. They should get it going soon, though. You could definitely get Martin and Will to be funny again – those were fun movies to do.”

The first two films grossed more than $414 million (£292 million) at the worldwide box office.

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