Ice Cube film, Fox comedy on scribe's plate

Jason Mantzoukas working on film, TV projects

Jason Mantzoukas, who wrote the NBC pilot "Off Duty" last season, has set up a new comedy project, this time at Fox.

He also has been hired to rewrite the action-comedy feature "Ride Along," starring Ice Cube.

The Fox project, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, takes place in a hospital and centers on a female doctor who is unraveling at the seams.

"Ride Along," from New Line and Cube Vision, will star Cube as a rogue cop who tries to break off his sister's engagement to an upper-crust white psychiatrist by inviting his future brother-in-law on a ride-along.

The project, penned by Greg Coolidge, has gone through a couple of rewrites. Cube and his producing partner Matt Alvarez are producing, with Chris Bender and JC Spink executive producing.

Last year, Mantzoukas' buddy-cop comedy pilot "Off Duty," starring Bradley Whitford and Romany Malco, was in serious contention for a series pickup at NBC.

Upright Citizens Brigade alum Mantzoukas is repped by CAA, Mosaic and attorney Morris Yorn.
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