We’ve already kicked around the question of whether there will be a Bad Boys 4, and as it turns out, the flick is indeed in the works (via The Hollywood Reporter). The biggest obstacle to the production of Bad Boys for Life was cost, since Bay and Smith both command salaries that could charitably be described as “ridiculous.”
Of course, the production was able to bring its overhead down just a bit by axing Bay from the scenario, and Bad Boys for Life was brought in on a reported budget of $90 million (roughly a quarter of which we’re guessing went directly into Smith’s bank account). By all accounts, Arbi and Fallah acquitted themselves very well in the directors’ chairs, so it stands to reason that the four-quel will carry a similar price tag.
Bad Boys 4 was announced on the very day that Bad Boys for Life hit theaters, and it’s safe to say that Sony was likely encouraged by those strong reviews and the flick’s box office tracking, which indicates that it could very well make back its budget within its first couple weeks of release. It looks like the tease of that mid-credits scene will actually lead somewhere — and we’ll just bet that this time, it won’t take quite so long for Lowrey and Burnett to return.