Columbia Pictures has hired Peter Craig to write the script for the third installment of the "Bad Boys" franchise.
The studio would like to bring back the original players together -- director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence -- if the price is right.
In 1995, the first "Bad Boys" was released signaling Smith's foray as an action star and Bay as a stylish maestro. The film grossed $66 million nationwide and $141 million worldwide.
The sequel, released in 2003, grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.
Everyone involved has expressed interest in returning to the franchise IF there's a good story. But it's to early to tell whether Smith will return as Mike Lowrey and Lawrence as Marcus Burnett -- two Miami detectives who seemed to face never ending car chases and explosions!
But Craig may come up with a great script. He co-wrote "The Town" which Ben Affleck is directing for Warner Bros., and Craig is also adapting the anime "Cowboy Bebop" for 20th Century Fox and Keanu Reeves.
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