Bad Boys (franchise)

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Bad Boys
Bad Boys Limited Edition Cover.jpg
Limited Edition cover
Created byGeorge Gallo
Original workBad Boys
OwnerSony Pictures
Films and television
Television seriesL.A.'s Finest
Video game(s)Bad Boys: Miami Takedown

Bad Boys is a series of action comedy films created by George Gallo. It stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith as two detectives in the Miami Police Department, Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey.

The series grossed over $400 million so far.


Bad Boys (1995)[edit]

Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.

Bad Boys II (2003)[edit]

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida.

Bad Boys for Life (2020)[edit]

In June 2008, Bay stated that he may direct Bad Boys III, but that the greatest obstacle to the potential sequel would be the cost, as he and Will Smith demand some of the highest salaries in the film industry.[1] By August 2009, Columbia Pictures had hired Peter Craig to write the script for Bad Boys III.[2] In February 2011, Martin Lawrence reiterated that the film was in development.[3] In June 2014, Jerry Bruckheimer announced that screenwriter David Guggenheim was working on the storyline for the sequel.[4] Two months later, Lawrence said a script had been written and parts had been cast.[5] By June 2015, director Joe Carnahan was in early talks to write and possibly direct the film.[6] Two months later, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Bad Boys III would be released on February 17, 2017. On March 5, 2016, the film was pushed to June 2, 2017.[7] Producers plan to begin production in early 2017.[8]

On August 11, 2016, the film was pushed back once again to January 12, 2018, to avoid box office competition with the upcoming DC Comics film Wonder Woman, and retitled Bad Boys for Life.[citation needed] Lawrence revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that filming may start in March 2017.[9] On March 7, 2017, Carnahan left the film due to scheduling conflicts,[10] and in August 2017 Sony removed the film from their release schedule.[11] In August 2017, Lawrence said that he doubts that the film will ever be made.[12] During an appearance on Australian breakfast show Sunrise on January 15, 2018, Will Smith told hosts Samantha Armytage and David Koch that a third film was coming "very soon".[13] On January 30, 2018, it was announced that Sony Pictures were in negotiations with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to direct the upcoming third entry in the Bad Boys franchise titled Bad Boys for Life with a possible production date in August, 2018.[14] Sony is reportedly gearing up for the long-awaited third installment to begin filming in November 2018 and wrap in March 2019.[15][16]

In November 2018, Martin Lawrence officially revealed via Instagram that he and co-star Will Smith would return for a sequel.[17] Joe Pantoliano is also set to reprise his role as Captain Howard.[18]

Television series[edit]

L.A.'s Finest (2019)[edit]

In October 2017, a spinoff television series centered on Gabrielle Union's character, was announced to be in development by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier.[19] Later that month NBC ordered the pilot episode of the series.[20] By March 2018, Jessica Alba was cast as the co-star with Gabrielle Union.[21] In addition to Union, John Salley will also reprise his role as Fletcher, a computer hacker who helps Mike and Marcus in the film series.[22][23] The following month, the title of the series was revealed as LA's Finest,[24] with Jerry Bruckheimer serving as executive producer for the series. Later that month, NBC passed on the pilot, and the show was shopped around to other networks.[25] NBC's boss, Bob Greenblatt, said: "These are all tough calls. We did have an embarrassment of riches. And when we laid out the schedule and the calendar all was a show that didn't fit in the grand scheme of it."[26]

That same month, it was revealed that Sony Pictures Television, was negotiating with Charter Communications about picking up the series.[27] By June 2018, Canada's Bell Media picked it up for 13 episodes.[28] Charter gave its series order on June 26, intent on making it Spectrum's first original series.[29]


Characters Films Television series
Bad Boys Bad Boys II Bad Boys for Life L.A.'s Finest
1995 2003 2020 2019
Detective Marcus Burnett Martin Lawrence  
Detective Mike Lowrey Will Smith  
Captain Conrad Howard Joe Pantoliano  
Theresa Burnett Theresa Randle  
Fletcher John Salley   John Salley
Julie Mott Téa Leoni  
Fouchet Tchéky Karyo  
Detective Sanchez Nestor Serrano  
Captain Alison Sinclair Marg Helgenberger  
Special Agent Sydney "Syd" Burnett   Gabrielle Union   Gabrielle Union
Hector Juan Carlos "Johnny" Tapia   Jordi Mollà  
Alexei   Peter Stormare  
Roberto   Jon Seda  
Floyd Poteet   Michael Shannon  
Ben Baines   Duane Martin
Joseph Burnett   Ernie Hudson
Isabel McKenna   Sophie Reynolds
Nancy McKenna   Jessica Alba
Dr. Patrick McKenna   Ryan McPartlin
Ray Sherman   Zach McGowan
Ben Walker   Zach Gilford


Occupation Films
Bad Boys Bad Boys II Bad Boys for Life
Year 1995 2003 2020
Director Michael Bay Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Producer(s) Don Simpson
Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Writer(s) Screenplay by
Michael Barrie
Jim Mulholland
Doug Richardson
Story by
George Gallo
Screenplay by
Ron Shelton
Jerry Stahl
Story by
Ron Shelton
Cormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
Composer Mark Mancina Trevor Rabin  
Director of photography Howard Atherton Amir Mokri  
Editor(s) Christian Wagner Mark Goldblatt
Thomas A. Muldoon
Roger Barton
Production companies Don Simpson / Jerry Bruckheimer Films Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date April 7, 1995 (1995-04-07) July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18) January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
Running time 119 minutes 147 minutes  


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Bad Boys April 7, 1995 $15,523,358 $65,807,024 $75,600,000 $141,407,024 #1110
#246 $19,000,000 [30]
Bad Boys II July 18, 2003 $46,522,560 $138,608,444 $134,731,112 $273,339,556 #356
#188 $130,000,000 [31]
Total $204,415,468 $210,331,112 $414,746,580 $149,000,000 [32]
List indicator(s)
  • (A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Bad Boys 43% (47 reviews)[33] 41 (24 reviews)[34] A[35]
Bad Boys II 23% (177 reviews)[36] 38 (34 reviews)[37] A[35]

Video games[edit]

Bad Boys: Miami Takedown, is a video game released in 2004 based on the sequel Bad Boys II. It was released in early 2004 after the film's DVD release.


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