Considering the original Ride Along was made for about $25 million and has pulled in over $120 million since its release last month, it should surprise absolutely no one that Universal is working hard to make sure a sequel cruises into theaters sooner rather than later. Deadline reports that the studio has hired director Tim Story (who helmed the first entry) to return for Ride Along 2, and that stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are “closing to reprise their roles,” which I can only assume means that they’re returning. (Did they mean “close to reprising”? I have no idea.)
Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, two of the five credited writers on the original, are back to write the sequel’s screenplay, which is supposedly going to have more action and will be “more multi-cultural” to reach a broader audience. Our reviewer wasn’t thrilled about the original Ride Along, and though Hart seems to be doing quite well for himself these days – he’s crazy busy, has About Last Night in theaters now, and still has Think Like A Man Too coming out this year, so we’d call him a full-fledged movie star at this point – we’re hoping he starts being a bit more judicious with his career choices.
No word yet on a release date, but expect Ride Along 2: Keep Riding (or whatever it’s eventually called) to be included in the insane list of sequels scheduled for release in 2015.
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