The long-delayed third and fourth installments of ‘Bad Boys’ have yet to see the light of day, but the franchise isn’t dying just yet.
The ‘Bad Boys’ television spinoff starring Gabrielle Union has been picked up as a pilot order by NBC.
The potential series revolves around free-spirited former DEA agent Syd Burnett (Union, reprising her role from Bad Boys 2), who has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She is partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.
The Blacklist writers Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis penned the script and will executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and his company’s Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed, former NBC Universal Television chairman Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone, Doug Belgrad and Union.
Sony’s Columbia Pictures originally produced the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence franchise, which included features in 1995 and 2003. The first film grossed more than $141 million on a budget of $19 million, while the sequel netted more than $270 million. Plans for a third movie, Bad Boys for Life, were scrapped last year.
Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven intellectual property in a bid to cut through a cluttered landscape expected to top more than 500 scripted originals in 2019. Key to them is having the original producers involved, which the untitled Bad Boys spinoff has with Sony, Bruckheimer and the studio’s former film exec Belgrad.
Belgrad launched his Sony-based 2.0 Entertainment banner in September 2016, with an eye toward co-financing film and TV projects based on preexisting projects at the studio.
We’re actually here for this. It’s a good way to keep the franchise alive without making everyone sit through a movie sequel that might not turn out that great.