Variety reports that the studio is currently developing "Ride Along 3," which will once again reunite stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. The duo star as mismatched brothers-in-law who take the titular ride in Cube's police car in the first film, then team up again to take down a crime lord in the sequel.
There's no word yet on the plot for the third entry in the franchise, though screenwriting duo Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi -- who also wrote the first two films -- are once again penning the script. Director Tim Story is also returning.
Though the "Ride Along" series has seen diminishing returns at the box office, it's still a proven hit for Universal, with the first flick grossing $153 million worldwide back in 2014 on a $25 million budget. "Ride Along 2" -- which was actually greenlit before the first film even premiered, based off the positive buzz it generated ahead of its release -- hit theaters back in January of this year, and made $124 million worldwide.
No word yet on when "Ride Along 3" may be slated for release, though Variety notes that the project is still in early development. Stay tuned.
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