“The Grey” and “Smokin’ Aces” writer-director Joe Carnahan has recently been discussing his work as a writer on the “Uncharted” film adaptation for Sony Pictures. At one time he was slated to direct as well but had to pull out to both pen and helm “Bad Boys for Life,” the third film in the Will Smith-led franchise.
Carnahan tells Collider that the main question of the new film, which is currently undergoing a re-write ahead of jumping into pre-production, is: “What becomes of Bad Boys when they’re not boys anymore?”. As a result, it will do a “lot of exploring” regarding how the past fifteen years have changed both Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence).
Carnahan says he’s been writing the script for the “better part of a year” and has a great idea for villains:
“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.”
One thing he’s also adamant about is that the series maintains the R-rating of its two predecessors:
“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.”
“Bad Boys for Life” opens in cinemas on January 12th 2018.