You ever notice that Hollywood is kind of like the Monkey’s Paw from that Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror episode? They might give you what you asked for, but it’s not really what you want.
Like recently there’s been talk about having more people of color and women in starring roles. Allow me to dramatically re-enact some online chatter:
“OK, Idris Elba’s had a role in big summer movies for the last three years. That’s pretty good. Anthony Mackie had a big role in Winter Soldier. Michael B Jordan will be playing Johnny Storm next year. There’s still talk about that female version of the Expendables. That might be OK. Maybe we could even get a summer blockbuster with multiple leads played by people of color. Something that’s accessible enough to mainstream (white) audiences that it wouldn’t be seen as a ‘black’ movie. Something the studio really gets behind proving that America will pay to watch non-white guys blow shit up. That would be grea … Bad Boys 3?! No, goddamnit! No one asked for Bad Boys 3!”
See, the Monkey’s Paw is fickle, and even if we wanted a new action movie or a better than average sequel, we don’t get one because of the undeniable star power of … Martin Lawrence?
Comedian/actor Martin Lawrence appeared on Conan today to promote his television series Partners, and dropped a big bomb - Bad Boys 3 might finally happen.
“I believe so. Yes. I just talked to Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said its real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close and it all looks good.”
In July, Lawrence publicly called upon his Bad Boys co-star Will Smith to make a third film happen:
Fans have been asking for a third Bad Boys film for a while now. At the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, Will Smith told Hollyscoop that he had an idea for Bad Boys 3, but added that “Michael (Bay) is too expensive now. He’s way too expensive.” And that is the big hurdle — getting the cash to bring back Will Smith, who has since exploded into a megastar, Bruckheimer, who never comes cheap, and Bay, who is now use to collecting percentages of toy merchandise Lucas-style. But now that Michael Bay may be passing the Transformers franchise to a new director with the inevitable fifth film, it’s possible he’s involved once again.
Screw you, Monkey’s Paw. You stupid jerk.