Big Willie Style

21 04 2010

There are a couple casting notes about Will Smith in the news day. First, he has apparently indicated to Martin Lawrence and Michael Bay that he is all aboard if they push to make Bad Boys III. Second, as the photo above suggests, Smith has signed on for Men in Black III, or MIIIB.

Personally, I am all for Smith returning to these two franchises. Bad Boys was a break-out hit for Smith and Lawrence. It definitely opened the door for Smith’s transition from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air to a certified heart-throb action hero. Men In Black added to this status and showed he could chew up comedic turns, even when sharing the screen with big names like Tommy Lee Jones.

Bad Boys II was all sorts of ridiculous, and I loved every second of it. Reportedly, Smith and Lawrence had so much fun making the over-the-top sequel that they called up the studio and told them they wanted to do another. Of course, the price issue is a little different nowadays. Michael Bay is no longer the guy who used to shoot Victoria Secret commercials. Now, Bay’s pumping out films that rack up hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office (see Transformers 1 & 2). Likewise, Smith is certified box-office gold. He’s had blockbuster after blockbuster, and has fleshed out his serious acting chops with films like Ali, Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds. He is easily the most bankable star in Hollywood right now.

I’m guessing producer Jerry Bruckheimer will be able to wrangle the stars, director and studio funding to get a third installment rolling. The traction MIIIB is getting will likely play a role in this process.

Speaking of MIIIB. I’m quite surprised to learn that the movie already has a director and the principal actors on board. A few weeks back, it came up that Smith was at a fork in the road. He could come on board for MIIB three with director Barry Sonnenfeld (director of both MIB and MIIB), or he could star in The City That Sailed, a film set up at his own production company. The summary for The City That Sailed is as follows: “A girl, who moves to London, finds magic candles that make her wishes comes true, with unintended consequences: The island of Manhattan separates from the continent and floats toward England, bringing her dad ever closer.”

Personally, I’m more interested in MIIIB. Here’s hoping he’s to do both that and Bad Boys 3 in the near future.




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