How Warner Bros. Lost Out on ‘Ride Along’
March 1, 2014 - box office
This story initial seemed in a Mar 7 emanate of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
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Executives during Warner Bros. expected are wincing over a $127 million box-office strike Ride Along. The plan was set adult for years during Warners’ New Line multiplication though unsuccessful to get off a belligerent even when Kevin Hart sealed to star conflicting Ice Cube for executive Tim Story. Sources contend former Warners film arch Jeff Robinov wasn’t prepared to dedicate to a film, so Universal swooped in and picked it adult out of turnaround in mid-2012.
New Line’s Toby Emmerich was means to operative a understanding in that a association will accept 5 percent of a friend patrolman comedy’s distinction (including sequels) in sell for vouchsafing it go. Jeff Field, Story’s manager, says Universal authority Donna Langley was a pushing force in removing a $25 million comedy made, along with tip prolongation executive Scott Bernstein.
“It wouldn’t have happened solely for Donna,” he says. “They let Tim make his movie.” Another source tighten to a plan says negotiations to remove a plan from New Line were really complicated, essentially since Story and Hart had a really parsimonious window in that to fire a film. Ride Along, that now is removing a sequel, wasn’t a usually New Line plan put into turnaround during Robinov’s tenure.
He also upheld on a Dumb Dumber sequel, that is set to be expelled Nov. 14 — also by Universal.