Bad Boys and Bad Boys II director Michael Bay says the film’s threequel Bad Boys for Life needs to “get it going soon” or there will be no point in making the film. Released in 1995, Bad Boys was Bay’s introduction to feature filmmaking in Hollywood following six years of cutting his teeth on music videos for artists like Styx, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and Meatloaf.
Starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as a pair of Miami narcotics detectives, Bad Boys marked the debut of Bay’s explosive directorial style for the moviegoing masses, and audiences responded with a tidy global gross of $141.4 million against a conservative $19 million budget. The success of the film was the beginning of a massive winning streak for Smith (who followed up Bad Boys with such blockbusters as Independence Day and Men in Black), and the demand for his services no doubt was in part to blame for why it took eight years before Bay was able to reunite with him and Lawrence to make Bad Boys II in 2003.
While the Bad Boys II earned more than $273 million globally (against a much bigger budget of $130 million), the production on Bad Boys for Life can’t find a way to come together, for whatever reason. Even though Sony Pictures is intent on making a third and fourth Bad Boys movie, No. 3 has been hampered by delays (it’s currently set for a November 2018 release and Bad Boys 4 has been moved to 2019) and the inability to keep a director (helmer Joe Carnahan left the film in March).