'Big Momma's House 3' Announcement Signals The Return Of Martin Lawrence?

Martin Lawrence has had his ups and downs this decade in terms of box office success, but like most actors he can always do well with his franchises. And fortunately for him, both of his franchises have new sequels on the way.

Earlier this week, Columbia Pictures announced that a script is being written for "Bad Boys 3," though neither Lawrence nor Will Smith is yet signed on for another installment. Now Variety reports that Fox is developing a third movie in the "Big Momma's House" series. Again, there's no word on Lawrence's involvement, but given that his last two movies were only modest successes, it's likely that he'll return.

I'll be the first to admit that one of those movies from 2008, the hilarious ensemble comedy "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins," is the kind of high concept movie I prefer from Lawrence. And I'm not a big fan of anything requiring a movie star to wear a fat suit. But if the studio wants to add this "Big Momma" threequel to the crop of movies being released in 3-D, I'm at least curious to see the result.

If that works, maybe Eddie Murphy can return for "Nutty Professor 3-D" and Robin Williams can skip ahead to "Mrs. Doubtfire 3-D." Because what's more entertaining than a fat suit exploding off the screen in three dimensions?

Okay, so I'm kind of kidding about my interest in these ideas. I'd much rather see some of our 3-D threequel ideas, such as "Ghostbusters 3-D" and "Gremlins 3-D," come true. But I want to prepare myself and you for the probability of such.

Anyway, speaking of "Doubtfire," that film's screenwriter, Randi Mayhem Singer is the one who Fox hired to pen the "Big Momma" threequel. So, in a way, this movie may satisfy those who've always hoped for a "Doubtfire" sequel, only with an undercover FBI agent disguised as an old woman in order to catch a criminal instead of a father dressed up as a housekeeper in order to spend time with his kids.

Lawrence has one other franchise in the making with "Wild Hogs 2," which is in development for a 2011 release, but he shares that series with his costars, John Travolta, Tim Allen and William H. Macy. "Big Momma's House 3" is all his own, and if it makes enough money he might see other big budget solo projects come his way so he can stop doing minor stuff like "Rebound" and "College Road Trip."

Are you excited for another visit to "Big Momma's House"? Do you think this and "Bad Boys 3" could bring Martin Lawrence back onto the A-list and mark his return as a popular action/comedy star?