"Bad Boys 3" may not be happening anytime soon (or at all), but it looks like the franchise will live on in the form of a TV spinoff, starring Gabrielle Union.
Deadline reports that a "Bad Boys" spinoff centered around Union's character from "Bad Boys II," which was being shopped to networks last week, has landed at NBC. Original "Bad Boys" producer Jerry Bruckheimer will return to produce the as-yet-untitled show's pilot.
Here's the scoop on the series, per Deadline:
The untitled 'Bad Boys' TV spinoff is being written by 'The Blacklist' writers-producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier. Syd Burnett, last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, now is an LAPD detective and can 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 might be masking a greater personal secret.
In the 'Bad Boys' universe, Burnett is the sister of Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and was romantically involved with Marcus' partner, Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey (Will Smith).
Union, who recently released the bestselling memoir "We're Going to Need More Wine," is currently starring in BET series "Being Mary Jane." The show is set to wrap its run with a two-hour movie finale next year.
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