Bad Boys For Life is looking to over-perform this long weekend at the domestic box office as it could end up earning the studio $65 million, if not more. A strong debut for a film that cost Sony Pictures under $100 million to make and could do equally well overseas.
Sony isn’t wasting any time to get gears in motion for Bad Boys 4 as TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that screenwriter Chris Bremner, who is also working on Disney’s National Treasure 3 will be returning to pen the fourth installment’s script.
Chris Bremner, who worked on Bad Boys for Life, has been tapped to pen the script, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Smith and Lawrence are, of course, expected to return and the plan is not to have the same time lag between Bad Boys II and Bad Boys for Life. The time lag was due to several factors, such as spiraling budgetary costs, but also about finding the right story.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning is not unexpected, however, seeing Bad Boys 4 cross the finish line isn’t a sure bet. Bad Boys 3 aka Bad Boys For Life took years to complete after multiple delays, scripts, and directors before the film finally went into production.
You can understand why Sony would want to get a jump on development given Smith’s busy schedule and weekend box office estimates placing the film on the pace to make a solid profit. Also, the pair of actors aren’t getting any younger and there is going to be a point that it’ll be slightly unrealistic they’re still running around as super-cops.
I also wouldn’t be shocked if Will and Martin had input on the film.
A director and release date haven’t been announced.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER