Bad Boys, the classic buddy cop starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has been the subject of on-again, off-again discussions to update the franchise with a sequel. Gabrielle Union, who appeared in Bad Boys II, will be the star of a spinoff series currently in development, Deadline has learned.
No one would comment but I hear the untitled project, which is currently being pitched to TV networks, already has garnered strong interest from multiple places and is expected to land a major commitment. It hails from the Bad Boys movies’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad via his 2.0 Entertainment and Primary Wave Entertainment. Sony Pictures TV Studios, whose movie sibling is behind the feature franchise, is the studio.
The untitled Bad Boys spinoff is being written by The Blacklist writers-producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier. Union’s Special Agent Sydney “Syd” Burnett, introduced in the sequel Bad Boys II, is the sister of Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) who was romantically involved with Marcus’ partner, Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey (Will Smith). She is an undercover operative with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). You can watch a trailer for Bad Boys II below.
Union just became available as BET announced that her popular series Being Mary Jane will end with next year a two-hour series finale movie.
Union was recently in the news for her frank discussion about, ahem, bedroom play with her hubby Dwyane Wade, on Shade 45’s Sway In The Morning.