Yesterday I reported that producer Jerry Bruckheimer had ended his relationship with Disney and inked a deal with Paramount, where he'd have more flexibility. I also pointed out that he's seemingly looking to his past to try and ignite some future successes- with the word being that he was looking at sequels for Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun. Well, the news today is that he's continuing down that road. Over at Sony, Bruckheimer is now trying to get Bad Boys III off the ground. According to Deadline, a writer has all ready been tapped to write it.
David Guggenheim, who wrote the Ryan Reynolds-Denzel Washington thriller Safe House, is apparently the man for the job. Safe House was a moderate hit, and Sony is hoping he can write a script good enough to entice Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to return for a third outing as Lowrey and Burnett. As of now, neither star has committed to the project, and neither has the original director, Michael Bay. Bruckheimer and Bay have a longstanding history, though, so his involvement isn't out of the question.
It's been ten years since Bad Boys II came out, when it earned $273,339,556 worldwide on a budget of $130 million. Will Smith, in the mean time, saw his star rise to even higher levels- as he continued a string of huge $100 million+ films- until he recently fell back down to earth. Two of his last three films underperformed, with the last one (After Earth) being the first major bomb on his A-list resumé. Perhaps a return to Bad Boys would be exactly what he needs to regain his box office dominance, and to wipe people's memory's of After Earth.
Lawrence would probably take that phone call, too.