Joe Carnahan Exits as Director of Will Smith-Martin Lawrence’s ‘Bad Boys 3’

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Joe Carnahan has vacated the directing gig for Sony’s third “Bad Boys” action-comedy due to scheduling conflicts.

Sony had no comment on the exit. The studio has three possible director candidates for the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence comedy, which was titled “Bad Boys for Life” in August and pushed back to a Nov. 8, 2018 release date. Carnahan had written the most recent draft of the script.

The movie would reteam Smith and Lawrence as the freewheeling Miami narcotics detectives who starred in the first two movies in 1995 and 2003, both directed by Michael Bay. Jerry Bruckheimer is returning as producer with plot details currently under wraps.

Carnahan is developing an English-language remake of Indonesian action movie “The Raid.”

The first film, which was also produced by the late Don Simpson with Bruckheimer, grossed more than $140 million worldwide and made Smith into a star. “Bad Boys II” grossed more than $270 million worldwide.

The studio has been attempting for years to get a third “Bad Boys” into production. It’s also been planning a fourth “Bad Boys” with a May 24, 2019, release date.

Carnahan’s directing credits include “Narc,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “The A-Team” and “The Grey.”

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  1. D.M. says:

    This is the BEST thing to happen to this franchise! Bring BAY back! It’s his franchise! This is a no brainer. Bad Boys is a solid franchise. Bay, get back in the chair!

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      NEVER let Bay or Ben back as directors! The proper thing to do is put any further “Bad Boys” films in the “never-developed” set of screenplays some group makes every year! If you must, make it a TV series for Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, since it seems those are (wrongfully) also up for the same Emmys & Oscars!

  2. Cass says:

    That is just a bad idea/bomb waiting to happen.

  3. tjchurch2001 says:

    Is Affleck busy?!

    Seriously, though, it’s too late for even a third. I loved the second having not yet seen the first, & now own both on a Double-Feature DVD… However, Will’s huge trailers & family’s Oscar boycotts (while also making a “Karate Kid” nobody asked for starring his son & a too-young Jackie Chan in the elder role); & Martin admitting his time is past by pulling Tyler-Perry-influencing drag multiple times? It proves the time is beyond past for 1, let alone 2 (especially if the first is called “For Life”. Would the second be “For Afterlife”?!)

  4. harry georgatos says:

    Thank God Carnahan has left this bottom of the ladder shit-fest of a franchise! Smith has made so many smelly odious films he is lucky to be still working in the industry! Carnahan is too good to be involved in this ugly smelly stink-fest.

    • jfafilms says:

      Exactly, of course the question is why was JC bottom feeding on such an odious, garbage project like that to begin w when everyone knows he should be turning his ol pal’s hard hitting polemic The Early Inauguration (free on Prime) into a narrative feature!!!

  5. Phillip Ayling says:

    Thanksgiving 2018 will be the perfect time for Sony and Jada to remind Academy voters about Will’s long overdue Oscar nod. Are tickets available yet?

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