Director Joe Carnahan recently chatted with Collider about his upcoming movie Bad Boys For Life, which will see Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to their respective roles.
There will apparently be more than one villain this time around; the director said “It wasn’t challenging [coming up with the antagonist]. It should’ve been. You’ve got all these years in the game and you’ve made all these enemies, you’ve accumulated all this, so in that respect it would be easy. But I don’t wanna say anything else because I don’t wanna ruin the delicacy of who our antagonist is, because I think it’s very cool. It’s not one person. It’s a multi-headed hydra, I’ll say that. It works beautifully.”
Thankfully it also sounds like it’s going to be Rated R, so hopefully the studio don’t butt in and water it down. “I think it’s gonna be R. I don’t think we’re trying to make a PG-13 version of Bad Boys. We haven’t discussed the rating, but both the other films were R-rated; Deadpool made $800 million globally and was an R-rated film, the new Wolverine is R-rated. I think these things don’t factor it, my theory is people gravitate more toward R-rated films than PG-13, I think the PG-13 thing is betwixt and between now. It’s not fundamentally rooted in any metric where you can go, ‘Okay, we can prove that this had success because it was PG-13.’ Look at the Matrix trilogy, that was wildly successful and they were all R-rated films. Unless things change, I think we’re making a Bad Boys film and that’s an R-rated movie.”
Someone mentioned on another site that it wouldn’t feel like a Bad Boys movie without Michael Bay; the type of movie action fans will like and critics will hate. Do you agree? I’m a big fan of Carnahan so I’ll check it out for sure.