Great news for fans of the successful movie franchise, Bad Boys, as there is television adaptation in the works and will center on Gabrielle Union’s character, Sydney “Syd” Burnett.
According to Deadline, there has been no official comment about the project, however, it is currently be pitched to multiple TV networks. The project has reportedly gained some attention and interest from networks and is expected to receive a commitment.
If fans will recall, Special Agent Syd Burnett was introduced in the second movie as Detective Sergeant Marcus Burnett’s (Martin Lawrence) sister who later entered a romantic relationship with Detective Sergeant Mike Lowrey (Will Smith). Agent Burnett is an undercover operative for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The original movie starred Lawrence and Smith as two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.
Although nothing is confirmed, Gabrielle Union has been linked to the project as she has become available since the series, Being Mary Jane is ending after four seasons. (The show will be tied up with a TV movie airing at some point in the future.)
While the specific details of the series have not been released we can safely assume that this is going to be worth checking out. Union’s character is well-known and was popular among fans, so making a series about the character, in theory, makes sense. Now the test will be if it gets a commitment will the audience and fans support it. We definitely Union and her reps are excited about the project, given that the idea stemmed from Primary Wave Entertainment, which manages Union. The next step will be to grab the attention of a network. After that, it’s up the fans.
The Bad Boys spinoff is reported to be Primary Wave Entertainment’s first broadcast development this season. Executive producing the project is Jeff Gaspin, President of NBC Universal TV Entertainment, and Union’s manager Jeff Morrane. Also hailing the title of executive producers are Doug Belgrad and Jerry Bruckheimer TV’s Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. However, the project will not fall under Bruckheimer TV’s overall deal at CBS. It will be separate from the deal as Bruckheimer and Belgrad were involved in the Bad Boys movie franchise.
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This story was written by Samantha D’Amico. If you want to follow her on Twitter, you can do so at SAM_iamXO. (Photo: Bad Boys.)