Michael Bay and I haven’t had the most loving of relationships. The primarily action focused director has been a thorn in my side with his bombastic displays of explosions and heartless storytelling. However, there is one soft spot I have for the director and that’s with the Bad Boys movies. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have some of the best chemistry in these films and many of the moments have become classic quotable lines within my life. So the anticipation for the third movie, Bad Boys For Life, has been pretty big.
However, the movie is in development hell. It has lost a few directors and the movie has been delayed multiple times. It supposedly has a release date of November 2018, but that date is looking less and less likely. Michael Bay, the original creator, is not in any position of importance with the movie, but he is also growing impatient. The director expressed his frustration at the movie taking as long as it is:
Pretty soon they’re going to be old boys, okay? Pretty soon they’re going to be retired cops instead of active-duty cops. It’s taken a long time to get that thing going, and I’m not involved in getting it going. They should get it going soon, though. You could definitely get Martin and Will to be funny again — those were fun movies to do.
Old Boys for life? Yes, what Bay is saying rings true. The young man lustre of Smith and Lawrence is dwindling and the third movie needs to happen now if they are going to hold any relevancy in a modern blockbuster ecosystem. Hopefully the studio execs have a fire lit under their ass and have this movie see the light of day.
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