*After the huge box office success of “Ride Along,” Universal Pictures hurried up and put the sequel in motion.
Tim Story will return to direct “Ride Along 2,” and according to Deadline.com, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are close to securing a deal to reprise their roles as the quick-witted security guard (Hart) trying to get with Cube’s sister.
The film debuted five weeks ago on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to a record opening of $41.5 million. It has since grossed more than $120 million worldwide as of this weekend.
*F. Gary Gray is in final talks to direct “Straight Outta Compton,” the New Line film that traces the founding of groundbreaking rap group NWA, featuring Eazy E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella.
Armed with such street anthems as “F*** tha Police” and “Dopeman,” their material reflected the growing ire of urban youth in the 1980s and set the tone for gangsta rap culture in Los Angeles.
The film was set up at New Line by Cube’s Cube Vision.
Gray last directed “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Be Cool” and “The Italian Job.” He has also directed music videos for Ice Cube.
*Ice Cube is looking to star in his first TV series.
The rapper-actor is making moves toward “Eye for an Eye,” a revenge drama in development at FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Produced by Ice Cube’s Cube Vision with Jeff Kwatinetz’s Prospect Park, the actor would appear as a veteran paramedic who after years responding to violent scenes takes matters into his own hands and turns into a vigilante out for revenge.
Ice Cube would also executive produce along with Matt Alvarez, his partner at Cube Vision.
The fomer NWA member currently executive produces TBS’ “Are We There Yet” series, and next has the feature “21 Jump Street” due in theaters next year.
Prospect Park, which recently abandoned online plans for soap operas “One Life To Live” and “All My Children,” has been busy this development season, with a number of projects in the works at both broadcast and cable networks, including “GILF,” with Wilfred star Jason Gann, which is set up at FX.