Bad Boys (franchise)
|Created by||George Gallo|
|Original work||Bad Boys|
|Owned by||Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)|
|Films and television|
|Television series||L.A.'s Finest (2019–2020)|
|Video game(s)||Bad Boys: Miami Takedown (2004)|
Bad Boys is a series of American action comedy films created by George Gallo. It stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two detectives in the Miami Police Department, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Joe Pantoliano and Theresa Randle also appear in all three films. Michael Bay directed the first two films and Adil & Bilall helmed the third. Gabrielle Union, who starred in the second installment, also stars alongside Jessica Alba in a spin-off television series, L.A.'s Finest.
The series has grossed over $840 million worldwide. The first film received mixed reviews from critics, the second was poorly received and the third had a generally positive reception.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director(s)||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Bad Boys||April 7, 1995||Michael Bay||Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland and Doug Richardson||George Gallo||Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer|
|Bad Boys II||July 18, 2003||Ron Shelton and Jerry Stahl||Ron Shelton, Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley||Jerry Bruckheimer|
|Bad Boys for Life||January 17, 2020||Adil & Bilall||Chris Bremner, Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan||Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan||Jerry Bruckheimer, Will Smith and Doug Belgrad|
Bad Boys (1995)
Detectives Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett have 72 hours to find $100 million worth of heroin before Internal Affairs shuts them down. Lowery becomes more involved after a friend is murdered by the drug dealers. Matters become complicated when Lowery and Burnett have to switch places to convince a witness of the murder to cooperate.
Bad Boys II (2003)
Mike and Marcus head up a task force investigating the flow of ecstasy into Miami. Their search leads to a dangerous kingpin Johnny Tapia, whose plan to control the city's drug traffic has touched off an underground war. Meanwhile, things get sexy between Mike and Syd, Marcus's sister.
Bad Boys for Life (2020)
In June 2008, Michael 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. By August 2009, Columbia Pictures had hired Peter Craig to write the script for Bad Boys III. In February 2011, Martin Lawrence reiterated that the film was in development. In June 2014, Jerry Bruckheimer announced that screenwriter David Guggenheim was working on the storyline for the sequel. Two months later, Lawrence said a script had been written and parts had been cast. By June 2015, director Joe Carnahan was in early talks to write and possibly direct the film. Two months later, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Bad Boys III would be released on February 17, 2017. On March 4, 2016, the film was pushed to June 2, 2017. Producers had planned to begin production in early 2017.
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. Lawrence revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that filming may start in March 2017. On March 7, 2017, Carnahan left the film due to scheduling conflicts, and in August 2017 Sony removed the film from their release schedule. In August 2017, Lawrence said that he doubts that the film will ever be made. 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". 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. Sony is reportedly gearing up for the long-awaited third installment to begin filming in November 2018 and wrap in March 2019.
In November 2018, Martin Lawrence officially revealed via Instagram that he and co-star Will Smith would return for a sequel. Joe Pantoliano is also set to reprise his role as Captain Howard. Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig and Charles Melton were announced in the cast on December 20, 2018. Jacob Scipio and Paola Nuñez were announced in the cast on December 21, 2018. Filming began on January 7, 2019.
In January 2020, a fourth film entered development, with Chris Bremmer serving as screenwriter. Smith and Lawrence will reprise their roles from the previous three movies.
|Series||Season||Episodes||First released||Last released||Showrunner(s)||Network(s)|
|L.A.'s Finest||1||13||May 13, 2019||June 17, 2019||Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier||Charter Spectrum|
|2||13||September 9, 2020|
L.A.'s Finest (2019–2020)
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. Later that month NBC ordered the pilot episode of the series. By March 2018, Jessica Alba was cast as the co-star with Gabrielle Union. 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. The following month, the title of the series was revealed as LA's Finest, 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. 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 season...it was a show that didn't fit in the grand scheme of it."
That same month, it was revealed that Sony Pictures Television, was negotiating with Charter Communications about picking up the series. By June 2018, Canada's Bell Media picked it up for 13 episodes. Charter gave its series order on June 26, intent on making it Spectrum's first original series. In June 2019, the series was renewed for the second season.
Cast and crew
- A Y indicates the actor portrayed the role of a younger version of the character.
- A dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.
|Bad Boys||Bad Boys II||Bad Boys for Life||Bad Boys IV||L.A.'s Finest|
|Detective Sergeant / Lieutenant
Marcus Miles Burnett I
|Martin Lawrence||Krystian Alexander LyttleY|
|Detective Sergeant / Lieutenant
Michael Eugene “Mike” Lowrey
|Captain Conrad Howard||Joe Pantoliano|
|Theresa Burnett||Theresa Randle||TBA|
|Megan Burnett||Tiffany Samuels||Bianca Bethune|
|Fletcher||John Salley||John Salley|
|James Burnett||Cory Hodges||Unaccredited Actors, Photographs|
|Quincy Burnett||Scott Cumberbatch|
|Reggie||Dennis Greene||Jeremy Batiste|
|Car Driver / Wedding MC||Michael Bay|
|Special Agent / Detective Lieutenant Sydney “Syd” Burnett||Gabrielle Union||Mentioned||Gabrielle Union|
|Armando Armas Lowrey||Jacob Scipio|
|Julie Mott||Téa Leoni|
|Detective Sanchez||Nestor Serrano|
|Captain Alison Sinclair||Marg Helgenberger|
|Hector Juan Carlos "Johnny" Tapia||Jordi Mollà||Mentioned|
|Floyd Poteet||Michael Shannon|
|Isabel Aretas||Kate del Castillo|
|Manny the Butcher||DJ Khaled|
Dolores "Nancy" McKenna (née Perez)
Veronica Diaz CarranzaY
Benjamin "Ben" Baines
Benjamin "Ben" Walker
|Joseph Burnett-Vaughn||Mentioned||Ernie Hudson|
|Katherine "Kat" Vaughn-Miller||Tamala Jones|
|Bishop Duvall||Jake Busey|
|Isabel "Izzy" McKenna||Sophie Reynolds|
|Dr. Patrick McKenna||Ryan McPartlin|
|Dante Sherman||Barry Sloane|
|Raymond "Ray" Sherman||Zach McGowan|
|Bad Boys||Bad Boys II||Bad Boys for Life|
|Composer||Mark Mancina||Trevor Rabin||Lorne Balfe|
|Director of photography||Howard Atherton||Amir Mokri||Robrecht Heyvaert|
|Editor(s)||Christian Wagner||Roger Barton
Thomas A. Muldoon
|Production companies||Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films||2.0 Entertainment|
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date||April 7, 1995||July 18, 2003||January 17, 2020|
|Running time||119 minutes||147 minutes||124 minutes|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Ref(s)|
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|All time |
|Bad Boys||April 7, 1995||$65,807,024||$75,600,000||$141,407,024||#1,110 (#742(A))||#246 (#971(A))||$19 million|||
|Bad Boys II||July 18, 2003||$138,608,444||$134,731,112||$273,339,556||#429 (#168(A))||#551 (#524(A))||$130 million|||
|Bad Boys for Life||January 17, 2020||$204,417,855||$221,096,847||$425,514,702||#207||#281||$90 million|||
Critical and audience response
|Bad Boys||43% (63 reviews)||41 (24 reviews)||A|
|Bad Boys II||23% (183 reviews)||38 (34 reviews)||A|
|Bad Boys for Life||77% (244 reviews)||59 (45 reviews)||A|
|L.A.'s Finest (season 1-2)||7% (14 reviews)||46 (6 reviews)||N/A|
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