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Ride Along will ride again.
Universal is moving forward with its sequel to the Kevin Hart–Ice Cube comedy, which had a record-breaking opening weekend when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Tim Story will return to direct, with Hart and Ice Cube nearing deals to reprise their roles as a security guard and an Atlanta cop, respectively.
While news that Universal was looking at a sequel came out back in April, the big success of the comedy over the past month cemented Universal’s plans to move forward. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are writing the script, and Will Packer and Cube Vision will produce.
Ride Along opened over the January four-day holiday weekend to $48.6 million, the best opening of all time for the MLK frame, beating 2008’s Cloverfield ($46.1 million). Costing a modest $25 million to make and nabbing an A CinemaScore, the film stayed in the No. 1 spot for three weeks straight and has earned $117 million domestically to date.
Hart, who has had a string of successful films over the past year, is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams. Ice Cube, who will next appear in 22 Jump Street, is repped by Prospect Park and Ziffren, Brittenham.
Story, also repped by UTA along with Field Entertainment, is working on Think Like a Man Too, which also stars Hart.
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