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It's been one hell of a roller coaster ride for Bad Boys 3, also known as Bad Boys For Life. The action cop movie has been trying to get off the ground for years now, with varying degrees of progress, only to have it snatched away continuously. Martin Lawrence recently voiced his doubt that the movie was going to happen at this point, but no one puts Jerry Bruckheimer in a corner. The super producer is still attached to Bad Boys 3, and he remains optimistic that the threequel will still see the light of day.
Bad Boys 3 isn't dead in the water yet. Jerry Bruckheimer's name is still attached to the long gestating project and he hasn't given up hope. The producer told Yahoo! Movies that the project has always drifted back and forth in the development process, and he's confident that one day it'll "drift back again." He also revealed that they have a new writer working on it in the downtime, so should the project swing back around, they hopefully won't have to sit on it too long before they get actors signing on the dotted line.
The main reason for hitting the pause button on Bad Boys 3 this time around was the schedule conflicts of Will Smith. The actor is just as busy as ever. Smith previously had to complete filming Bright for Netflix (out in December), with roles in the live-action Aladdin and a proposed Suicide Squad sequel still left to go. That doesn't leave much room for Bad Boys 3, and Will Smith is pretty much a necessity for that movie to get made.
Bad Boys 3 is also currently without a director. Originally, the project seemed like it had finally gotten some serious steam when Joe Carnahan signed up to write and direct. However, he soon had to leave the project because he couldn't commit the time amongst all of his other works. Carnahan had written the previous draft of the script, but it sounds like that might be getting thrown out the window with the hiring of a new writer.
Well, it's just another day in the life of Bad Boys 3, but stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it's available. In the mean time, check out our 2017 movie release schedule for all the movies that are actually happening in our lifetime.