9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Bad Boys' Spinoff Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Pickup
Pilot season has its first official reboot.
NBC has handed out a formal pilot order to its female-driven Bad Boys spinoff starring Gabrielle Union. The drama, which received a sizable pilot-production commitment from the network in October, hails from Sony Pictures Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave Entertainment and former Sony Pictures chief Doug Belgrad's 2.0 Entertainment.
The potential series revolves around free-spirited former DEA agent Syd Burnett (Union, reprising her role from Bad Boys 2), who has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She is partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can't help but look at Syd's freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural.
The Blacklist writers Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis penned the script and will executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and his company's Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed, former NBC Universal Television chairman Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone, Doug Belgrad and Union.
Sony's Columbia Pictures originally produced the Will Smith-Martin Lawrence franchise, which included features in 1995 and 2003. The first film grossed more than $141 million on a budget of $19 million, while the sequel netted more than $270 million. Plans for a third movie, Bad Boys for Life, were scrapped last year.
Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven intellectual property in a bid to cut through a cluttered landscape expected to top more than 500 scripted originals in 2019. Key to them is having the original producers involved, which the untitled Bad Boys spinoff has with Sony, Bruckheimer and the studio's former film exec Belgrad.
Belgrad launched his Sony-based 2.0 Entertainment banner in September 2016, with an eye toward co-financing film and TV projects based on preexisting projects at the studio.
The untitled Bad Boys pilot is NBC's fourth order of the season and joins dramas In Between Lives, the untitled Bellevue hospital project and The Village as NBC continues to get a head start on pickups.
For Union, meanwhile, the Bad Boys spinoff marks her follow-up to Being Mary Jane, which will end its run with a two-hour finale this year on Viacom's BET.