Fox and Universal Developing Sequels for 'The Heat' & 'Ride Along'
by Ethan Anderton
April 24, 2013
Sounds like buddy cop comedies are all the rage in Hollywood right now. Hot on the heels of news of a summer release for a 21 Jump Street sequel with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller returning with stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, there are two more buddy cop comedies with sequels in development, and the first films haven't even hit theaters. Deadline has word that Fox is already developing the script for a sequel to this summer's The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, and Universal is working on a sequel for their comedy Ride Along starring Ice Cube and comedian Kevin Hart. Read on!
We've already seen a funny red band trailer for The Heat, and we're hoping the film from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is worthy of its summer release date on June 27th. Katie Dippold will script the sequel as part of her deal with Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Meanwhile, Ride Along doesn't hit until January, but it follows Ice Cube as a tough police officer who takes his sister's fiance, a security guard (Hart) on a 24-hour ride along with hopes of scaring him out of marrying his sister. They likely get caught up in a case that puts them in over their heads. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who are among several writers who worked on the original script, are in talks to write the sequel.
Buddy cop comedies are the most likely to land sequels of any comedies since it's not hard to give the heroes a new criminal threat to track down. but the laughs themselves have to make it worth it. Each of these films seem to have two completely different built-in audiences, so there's a good chance that both could do well. Hart and McCarthy will each be the major draws as far as laughs go in each film, but their co-stars Ice Cube and Sandra Bullock aren't just along for the ride, and will hopefully help make the films hits.
Getting ahead of themselves aren't they?
Xerxexx on Apr 24, 2013
Sometimes it pays off to start developing a sequel prior to the first getting released if you're confident in its returns. If Fox would have done that with Rise of the Planet of the Apes then Rupert Wyatt would be directing the sequel rather than having to pass due to a tight time schedule.
Matt Peloquin on Apr 24, 2013
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