The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Joe Carnahan has exited the directors chair of Sony Pictures upcoming film Bad Boys 3.
Joe Carnahan, who had been attached to write the script back in July 2015 and then was attached to direct, is said to have stepped down due to scheduling conflicts but THR claims sources tell them it was due to creative differences. The report also states that while the search is underway for a new director, it also says that a new writer may be brought onboard the project as well.
The Bad Boys films focuses on two Miami Detectives, Marcus Bennett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowry (Will Smith), with the first film released in 1995 making $141m worldwide and the second film released in 2003 making $273m. The third instalment has been start/stopped for years, with question marks hanging over whether Smith still wanted to be involved with the franchise until he committed to the studio a few years ago and Bad Boys 3 was finally scheduled for a 2018 cinematic release. While it’s rather unfortunate that Carnahan won’t be directing the film, but if they plan on bringing in a new writer with a new director, I’m skeptical on whether the studio will stick with the 2018 release date.
Bad Boys 3 is scheduled for cinematic release on the 8th November 2018.