Sequels are already in the works for two upcoming cop comedies. Buzz is strong for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s buddy cop comedy The Heat, and Deadline reports that screenwriter Katie Dippold has been tapped to start working on the script for a follow-up months before the first film even opens. The pic stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as a by-the-books FBI agent and a rough-around-the-edges local Boston cop, respectively, who team up to take down a drug lord. The film’s red-band trailer promises plenty of laughs and great chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy, and the pic’s June 28th release date shows big confidence from 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for news of a sequel to Ride Along.
Additionally, Universal is moving forward on a follow-up to the Tim Story-directed Ride Along. That film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband. The pic isn’t slated for release until next January, but the studio is making a deal with scribes Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi to pen a follow-up that could go into production a few months after the first film opens.
Obviously the sequels to The Heat and Ride Along are contingent upon the first films striking a chord with audiences at the box office, but Universal appears to be happy with what they’re seeing by way of early footage and test screenings and it’s not hard to seeing both (especially The Heat) being hits.