NBC has landed the BAD BOYS spinoff series starring Gabrielle Union has landed at NBC, Tracking Board has confirmed.
The story will follow Syd Burnett, Union’s character from Bad Boys 2, who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. As an LAPD detective, she can now pursue all the pleasures Los Angeles has to offer and leave her past behind. But things will get complicated when her new partner, Nancy McKenna, learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret.
The Blacklist writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier will write the pilot for the untitled potential series, which is in development via Sony TV.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the films, is also on board as an EP. Union will also be an EP, along with Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone and Doug Belgrad.
The news comes as a potential third film has had a tortured journey to the big screen. Both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have expressed interest in returning, but a revolving door of writers and directors and an eventual removal of the film from Sony’s upcoming release calendar in August rendered it mostly dead — for now.
The timing of a new TV series, however, works for Union, who is coming off a four-season run on her own series, Being Mary Jane, which will end in 2018 on BET with a two-hour sendoff movie.
On the TV side, however, studios seem more than eager to make reboots, remakes, spinoffs and sequels of all kinds of IP.
A Bad Boys TV series comes just days after CBS put a Magnum P.I. reboot into development, joining joining Nancy Drew and Blue Crush, both at NBC, as reboots that are getting a second shot immediately after not going to series last year.
The two are just the latest in a string of projects in development that’s based on a previous movie or TV show, joining reboots of Miami Vice and The Munsters, also in development at NBC.
The CW recently revealed they were developing a reboot of Roswell and the network also had a Charmed reboot in the works, though it’s unclear if that one is still being developed.
True Lies is in the works at Fox, which is also developing a female-led reboot/sequel to Kung Fu as well as a female-led spinoff of The Nice Guys called The Nice Girls, and there’s also Starsky and Hutch, which was picked up by Amazon, as well as a reboot of Greatest American Hero and a live-action sitcom of The Jetsons at ABC. HBO is working on a new version of Watchmen with Damon Lindelof at the helm.
Linda Ge | TV Editor