'Bad Boys 3' rumors: are Will Smith, Martin Lawrence set to reprise theirroles? Director to be Joe Carnahan?

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Rumors are circulating online that “Bad Boys” will have another sequel, called “Bad Boys 3,” set to hit the theatres in early 2017.

According to IMDb, the film may be taken over by Joe Carnahan, actor and independent film director of titles such as “Blood” and “The Grey” after the stint of Michael Bay, most popularly known for directing the “Transformers” series, in the first two movies.

Aside from this, there are also rumors that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will continue to reprise their lead roles as Detective Mike Lowrey and Detective Marcus Burnett, respectively. However, there are some speculations that Smith may return as a producer for the film instead.

At the moment, very few details are revealed regarding the storyline of “Bad Boys 3.” The only concrete detail is its release date, slated on Feb. 17, 2017, the same weekend as “The Maze Runner: The Death Cure.”

In addition, there are rumors that there will also be a fourth film slated for the title, set to hit the theaters on July 3, 2019, as confirmed by The Wrap.

“Bad Boys” initially premiered in 1995 with a rating of 43 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Its general consensus conclude that the two main lead characters have chemistry, but criticized Bay’s tendency to “drown” the story with explosions. As for the audience, 78 percent liked “Bad Boys” with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5.

Meanwhile, its sequel dipped on its ratings, based on the judgement of the critics from the same review page. According to the consensus assessment of the critics, “Bad Boys II” was just a two-and-a-half-hour movie full of explosions. On the other hand, 78 percent of the audience liked it, with an average of 3.6 out of 5 rating.

After 14 years of hiatus, the film will be coming back with a third installment, with 98 percent of the audience expressing their interest in the sequel.

Should “Bad Boys 3” have a different director, the film may take on a different approach, especially after criticisms regarding too much explosions surrounded the first two films.