Ice Cube, Kevin Hart Agree to Additional Car Ride
Ride Along spent three weeks at the top of the box office and, over five weekends, has grossed nearly $100 million beyond its $25 million production budget. Ride Along lunch boxes are all you see around the cafeteria. The top-selling vehicle of the last month has been "whatever Cube and Hart drive just give me that now why are we still talking?" The most in-demand lower back tattoo is now "Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop soon-to-be brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister." In other words, it is not very surprising that Universal Pictures is already planning a Ride Along sequel.
As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't even try to improve upon largely negative reviews, so all the principal players from the original are being brought back. According to Deadline, Tim Story is attached to come back to direct a script from previous writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are closing deals for their necessary return as well. Not everything will be quiet the same, though: it's said there will be more action in the follow-up, and that it will be "more multi-cultural" in an effort to draw in broader demographics. Pandering, sure, but as Conan O'Brien has proven, it could definitely work as an improvement over the original Ride Along: