“Bad Boys 3” Director Denies He Left The Film Because Of A Beef With Will Smith

Filmmaker Joe Carnahan is denying reports he exited “Bad Boys 3” because he was feuding with franchise star Will Smith, insisting he is a huge fan of the actor.

by Mike Winslow

(AllHipHop News)

Carnahan has now revealed he dropped out of directing the sequel to focus on his new company with actor and producer Frank Grillo.

“I am and remain a huge fan of Will,” he told the New York Post’s Page Six. “There was zero bad blood. However, I started a new company with Frank Grillo, and the demands of that pulled me away from BB3 after the long development process. That’s it. No other drama.”

“Bad Boys,” the popular Will Smith and Martin Lawrence franchise, last hit the big screen in 2003. In August “Bad Boys For Life’s” release date was pushed back from June to January, before Sony pushed it back once more to November next year.

It’s not clear when the film will hit theaters following Carnahan’s departure. Before the director’s exit, Smith told U.S. late night host Jimmy Kimmel, “It is very, very, very close.”

The first “Bad Boys” was released in 1995, with Michael Bay directing parts one and two.

A third installment has been planned for nearly 10 years, and numerous writers, including Peter Craig and David Guggenheim, have been attached to the project.

“Bad Boys 4” has also already been announced.