'Bad Boys' Spinoff Starring Gabrielle Union Lands at NBC

The actress is attached to topline the project, which has earned a pilot production commitment at the network.
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Gabrielle Union

Bad Boys is coming to NBC.

A spinoff TV series of the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence films has landed at the network with a pilot production commitment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Gabrielle Union is set to topline the project, reprising her role from the second film.

In the TV adaptation, Union's Syd Burnett is now 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 may be masking a greater personal secret.

The Blacklist writers Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis will pen the drama and executive produce with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, former NBC Universal Television chairman Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone, Doug Belgrad and Union.

Sony Pictures Television Studios, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave Entertainment and 2.0 Entertainment will produce the project.

Sony's Columbia Pictures produced the two movies, which were released in 1995 and 2003. The first film grossed more than $141 million off a budget of $19 million. Bad Boys II, meanwhile, pulled in more than $270 million.

As the era of Peak TV continues, more and more networks and platforms are looking for established IP as a way to break through the clutter. If picked up to series, Bad Boys would join fellow movie adaptation Taken. NBC is also developing a TV remake of the Kate Bosworth surfing film Blue Crush.

For Union, the role would mark her follow-up to Being Mary Jane, which is set to wrap its run on BET with a two-hour finale movie in 2018. 

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