Ride Along—the action-comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, has already scored $120 million at the box office, setting a January box office record and all but securing the bankability (at least for the time being) of a Ride Along franchise. So it should come as no surprise that as early as April of last year, Universal Pictures was developing a sequel. And now that Ride Along is a smash success, the sequel is being rushed into production.
Universal is quickly pulling together all the elements that made the first film such a hit—Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are currently negotiating deals to return, director Tim Story is set to return, returning co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Mandredi are already working on the screenplay, and original producers Matt Alvarez and Will Packer are also back.
The original film told the story of a cop named James (Ice Cube) who sets himself to the task of scaring off his sister’s boyfriend Ben (Kevin Hart) by taking him on a wild ride along. The sequel will reportedly focus on “more action and more of a multicultural bent.” Translation: bigger foreign box office.
What do you think of the Ride Along news?