Sh*t will continue to get real when the Bad Boys franchise dusts itself off for a third installment and the director of said third installment is ladling out some details about what’s in store for Bad Boys III: At World’s End when it arrives in a theater near you.
Joe Carnahan, who’s also helmed motion pictures like Narc and The Grey, is the filmmaker tasked with keeping Michael Bay’s assembly line of banter, explosions and post-explosion banter in order for Bad Boys For Life. Chatting with Collider, Carnahan dished about the January 2018 film which he says is currently at the rewrite stage. One of the big chunklets to tumble out? Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have multiple big bads to take down.
“It wasn’t challenging [coming up with the antagonist]. It should’ve been. You’ve got all these years in the game and you’ve made all these enemies, you’ve accumulated all this, so in that respect it would be easy. But I don’t wanna say anything else because I don’t wanna ruin the delicacy of who our antagonist is, because I think it’s very cool. It’s not one person. It’s a multi-headed hydra, I’ll say that. It works beautifully.”
The new film is being billed as having Carnahan’s personal spin, although it won’t dismiss the adventures that came before it. “We’re certainly not ignoring that, and that is a part of it. What happens 15 years on and where’s your life at now and what did you foresee yourself, it’s really rich material in that way,” explained the Smokin’ Aces director.
As for if the new Bad Boys cinematic offering will retreat into PG-13 territory instead of the previous well-earned R ratings?
“I think it’s gonna be R. I don’t think we’re trying to make a PG-13 version of Bad Boys. We haven’t discussed the rating, but both the other films were R-rated; Deadpool made $800 million globally and was an R-rated film, the new Wolverine is R-rated. I think these things don’t factor it, my theory is people gravitate more toward R-rated films than PG-13, I think the PG-13 thing is betwixt and between now. It’s not fundamentally rooted in any metric where you can go, ‘Okay, we can prove that this had success because it was PG-13.’ Look at the Matrix trilogy, that was wildly successful and they were all R-rated films. Unless things change, I think we’re making a Bad Boys film and that’s an R-rated movie.”
Ideally we’ll be getting a “Shake Ya Tailfeather” level of quality from the future soundtrack.