When news hit of a third entry in the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys For Life, fans of the series were excited to hear that the film would be hitting in June 2017. While that date is still some ways away, the studio recently announced that it wasn't far enough and that the movie was delayed until January 12th, 2018.
While delays are sure to sadden fans, they come from a well-meaning place typically (or a frantic one), and as Director and Writer Joe Carnahan tells i09, the film really needed the extra time. The good news is that as Carnahan sees it, this film will be the strongest of all three.
“Unless you’re Toy Story 3, usually third ones aren’t the strongest, and I think this one will be the strongest of the trilogy thus far. There’s a lot of funny shit in this movie,” he said. “And there’s also a very mysterious, but tonally spot-on story that I think is kind of perfect for where we are in this day and age, where the guys are and reflectively, a very modern take on these guys. It’s kind of what becomes of Bad Boys when they’re not boys anymore.”
Carnahan acknowledged that there will be inside jokes and nods to longtime fans, but that isn't necessarily a priority.
“There are obviously little things you want to tip your hat too but I think the danger is becoming this slavish ‘We have to check all these boxes’,” Carnahan said. “There aren’t these legions of people demanding your head because you didn’t bring back John Salley or you didn’t bring back Joe Pantoliano. I think you have to be careful with that. I’m always interested in ‘I know what has been done. What hasn’t been done?’ If not it’s just regurgitating old tropes and ideas and that’s not fun for anybody”
Even though Smith and Lawrence bring sizable followings with them to any project they star in, Carnahan doesn't want to rely on that and is making a film that will hopefully resonate with new and old fans alike.
“When you’re coming back after 15 years, you better come back with a home run ball,” Carnahan said. “And I really believe that’s what we have....We’ve got a responsibility to make something that’s absolutely equivalent or exceeds what comes before. That’s a really important thing for all of us”