'Horrible Bosses' Producer John Rickard Re-Ups with New Line (Exclusive)
Rickard worked his way up the ranks before emerging as a key producer, working on 'Hall Pass,' 'Horrible Bosses' and its sequel and 'How to Be Single.'
Producer John Rickard and his Wrigley Pictures banner have re-upped their first look deal with New Line Cinema.
While Wrigley has re-upped before, this is the first occasion where the deal stretches into a three-year term, a rarity in a time where many studios and companies are keen to cut back on deals.
"John is a talented producer and an invaluable partner. He has deep ties to New Line and we are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with the renewal of his deal,” said New Line president and COO Toby Emmerich.
Rickard worked his way up the ranks as an assistant to Scott Rudin, Brett Ratner and Emmerich before emerging as a key producer, working on the Farrelly brothers’ comedy Hall Pass, the hit comedy Horrible Bosses and its sequel and the global hit How to Be Single.
Rickard currently is in postproduction on Fist Fight, the New Line comedy starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, and is prepping, with producer Beau Flynn, Rampage, the company’s adaptation of the classic arcade game that will star Dwayne Johnson, for an early 2017 start.
Rickard also is an executive producer on Frequency, The CW’s upcoming series that adapts the 2000 New Line sleeper hit that starred Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. Emmerich wrote the original movie and entrusted Rickard to help translate it to the small screen.
Independently, Rickard is in post on Midnight Sun, a romantic drama starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
“I have been fortunate to call New Line my home in one form or another for over 10 years and I am looking forward to continuing that collaboration for many more years to come,” said Rickard. “Toby, [New Line president of production] Richard [Brener], [New Line president, operations & content strategy] Carolyn [Blackwood] and the entire New Line team are the best in the business and I cannot think of a better place to develop and produce first rate films for all audiences.”