Those Bad Boys Sequels Are In Trouble

Both of Sony’s planned Bad Boys sequels have been downgraded from “we are definitely making these!” to “we are tentatively, possibly making these! Maybe. We’ll see.”

Exhibitor Relations posted that Bad Boys For Life is now aiming to hit theaters on November 8, 2018. It was originally supposed to be released on January 12, 2018.

I’m not quite sure if this is a good thing or a bad one. The release month of January tends to be a dumping ground for all-but-doomed movies. It’s basically a the release day equivalent of a studio admitting that they spent a bunch of money on a project, but they don’t have much faith that anyone will care.

Then again, the new arrival date in November is within both the holiday and awards season window. While I’m pretty confident that Bad Boys For Life isn’t going to be taking home any Best Picture nominations, maybe Sony actually does think it can compete with other big budget movies releasing during that month?

Or hell, Sony might just be putting the damn thing on ice to see if anyone still cares about it in a year’s time.

That’s seeming more and more likely, since Bad Boys 4 has straight-up vanished from the radar. Previously, the fourth movie was to arrive on May 24th, 2019. Now? Silence.

I really liked the first Bad Boys and have always been a gleeful unapologetic idiot about how much I loved Bad Boys II… but this the delays and potential cancellations might be for the best.

At a certain point, these rehashes need to slow down. I was initially all for more Bad Boys flicks, but since the first announcement, I’ve cooled off on the idea. It would be nice if studios would take a step back from ripping old franchises from their graves and throwing their creaky bones awkwardly back into the spotlight.

For every time this approach has worked out nicely, there are probably ten examples of that being a horrible idea.