Michael Bay: 'Production on Bad Boys 3 needs to start'

19th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

The third and fourth instalments are currently without a director.

Michael Bay

Filmmaker Michael Bay has seemingly ruled out the possibility of returning to the Bad Boys franchise, revealing he is planning to direct similar films with new actors.

The first Bad Boys was released in 1995, with Bay directing parts one and two. A third instalment has been planned for nearly 10 years, but production on the film has yet to be started.

In an interview with Fandango on Friday (16Jun17), Michael revealed he wants to pair up two comedic actors for a buddy-centric action film, like the ones starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

"There are a couple of new guys I want to work with, and maybe pair them up together," he told the website. "Not that they'd necessarily be action stars, but they potentially could be. They're quite humorous. I'm not going to say who they are because I haven't met them yet, but we'll see."

"I love putting actors into unexpected roles," he added.

Bad Boys last hit the big screen in 2003. In August (16) Bad Boys For Life's release date was pushed back from June (17) to January (18), before Sony pushed it back once more to November next year (18).

In March (17), filmmaker Joe Carnahan quit the project to focus on his new company with actor and producer Frank Grillo. A new director has yet to be hired for the third and fourth instalments, but Bay insisted movie bosses should get moving on the film.

"Pretty soon they're going to be old boys," he said. "Pretty soon they're going to be retired cops instead of active-duty cops. It's taken a long time to get that thing going, and I'm not involved in getting it going. They should get it going soon, though. You could definitely get Martin and Will to be funny again - those were fun movies to do."

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