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Marlon Wayans and Neal H. Moritz are teaming for Ride or Die, which is being billed as the first romantic buddy-cop action-comedy.
Wayans and Rick Alvarez wrote the script, which Moritz picked up via the discretionary fund of his banner, Original Film. Wayans and Alvarez will produce via their Ugly Baby banner, along with Moritz and Original’s Toby Ascher.
And to put a bow on it, Wayans will also star.
The story centers on robbery detective Martin Banks (Wayans), a consummate professional, and narcotics detective and unapologetic butt-kicker Tami Moore. Sparks and bullets fly when these opposites are partnered to track down a billion-dollar cache of deadly opioids stolen from the vault of a multinational pharmaceutical company that threaten to flood the streets of Chicago.
Wayans describes is as Bad Boys with romance. Or When Harry Met Sally… with guns.
“Rick and I conceived this as a franchise and collaborating with Neal, who has mastered the art of franchises, makes it a perfect fit,” Wayans said Tuesday in a statement.
Said Moritz: “I was lucky enough to get a chance to read this script early … and I had to jump on it … rarely do you read scripts with such a great concept and relationship.”
Moritz is in midst of a busy streak, having so far seen Sonic the Hedgehog, Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot and Netflix’s Mark Wahlberg-starrer Spenser Confidential released this year.
Wayans next appears in Respect, MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson. He also will appear with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in On the Rocks, Sofia Coppola’s latest feature.
Wayans is repped by WME, 3 Arts and Lawrence Kopeikin and Kevin Yorn of Morris Yorn.
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