Joe Carnahan To Helm “Bad Boys 3”?

Blowing many people away with the Liam Neeson survival drama and masculinity deconstructionism study that is 2011’s “The Grey,” filmmaker Joe Carnahan has since kept fairly quiet – helming several pilots and TV episodes for shows like “The Blacklist” and “State of Affairs” along with tackling the little seen dark comedy feature “Stretch”.

Now though he may be coming back to film in a very big way.Collider reports that it’s looking like Carnahan is directing “Bad Boys 3”. At last report back in June the helmer was in talks to write a new draft and possibly the direct the third installment of the action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Carnahan stopped short of confirming those reports at that time. This week though he’s shared a pre-vis image from pre-production on the film which teases his likely sitting in the director’s chair. If so, Carnahan would take over from Michael Bay who helmed the two previous installments but won’t be back for the next due to his “Transformers 5” commitments.

Sony Pictures has made a third and possibly a fourth “Bad Boys” film a priority in recent months, and earlier this week star Will Smith revealed he’d seen Martin Lawrence a few weeks ago and said: “In that moment, we knew we were making another Bad Boys. We’re definitely doing another one.”

The studio currently has a third film targeting a February 17th 2017 release and a fourth aiming for a July 3rd 2019 release which means the third one needs to get filming pretty soon to make that date.