Will Smith's dreams of returning to the Bad Boys film franchise are finally taking shape - moviemaker Joe Carnahan is in negotiations to take charge of an upcoming third instalment.
Safe House screenwriter David Guggenheim had previously submitted a draft of the potential Bad Boys 3 film, but now Sony Pictures bosses are turning to The Grey's Carnahan to rework the script, with a view to directing, too, according to Deadline.com.
The developments emerge three years after Smith voiced his hopes of reuniting with Bad Boys co-star Martin Lawrence for a new adventure as Miami, Florida police detectives - but only if they had a good script.
He said, "I talked to Martin about that a couple of weeks ago. Martin is into it. (We've) got a couple of screenplays; the story's gotta (sic) be right."
The original 1995 action comedy and its sequel, 2003's Bad Boys II, were both directed by Michael Bay.