*Universal Pictures has acquired “Ride Along” out of turnaround from New Line and the studio has set a late October production start with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in the lead, and Tim Story in the director’s chair, according to Deadline.com.


The project had languished at New Line, partly over trying to figure out the leads, but Universal was ready to move quickly in reteaming Story, Hart and Packer after “Think Like A Man,” a sleeper hit that has grossed $91 million domestic for Screen Gems, the website reported.

Hart will play a second-grade teacher who is ready to get married, but first he must survive a “Training Day” – like ride-along experience with his fiancee’s tough cop brother, who doesn’t want the marriage to happen and tries to scare off the suitor.

Cube’s coming off “21 Jump Street” and Cube Vision is near a production start on “Straight Outta Compton.” Packer just wrapped No Good Deed with Idris Elba starring for Screen Gems.

The film will be produced by Cube Vision’s Ice Cube, LBI Entertainment’s Matt Alvarez with Rainforest Films’ Will Packer, and by Larry Brezner.