ICYMI: Gabrielle Union’s Bad Boys Spinoff Picked Up By NBC For Pilot

January 23, 2018  |  

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As we shared last year, Gabrielle Union’s character from Bad Boys II, Sydney Burnett, was being pitched as the focus of a spinoff of the popular films. And after being shopped around to multiple networks, according to Shadow and Act, NBC picked up the project and has decided to go forward with a pilot order. If they like what they see in the pilot, then it will be announced later this year that the show will be ordered to a full series. If they don’t, then that will be the end of that — at least at NBC.

Union will be back in the pilot to reprise her role as the undercover LAPD detective, sister of Martin Lawrence’s character, Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett, and the romantic interest in the second film of Will Smith’s character, Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey.

As for what the spinoff will be about, Shadow and Act had this to share:

“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.”

The project is being pushed by Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad and Sony Pictures TV Studios. It will also be written by Bradon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, who wrote for NBC’s hit The Blacklist. 

The spinoff comes as Lawrence said last year that he didn’t see the much-speculated Bad Boys III happening, and right before Union’s own BET series, Being Mary Jane, is set to come to an end with a two-hour movie.


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