After proving his weight in gold this Martin Luther King weekend with Universal’s “Ride Along,” Sony is looking to get in on the Kevin Hart action by moving the multi-hyphenate’s comedy “The Wedding Ringer” for the same holiday launch pad next year.
“The Wedding Ringer,” which stars Hart as a best man stand-in for socially challenged grooms, will bow domestically on Jan. 16. Pic, from Screen Gems and Miramax, originally was dated for Feb. 6, 2015.
“We are thrilled to be working with Kevin Hart,” said Sony chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake. “We are big believers in his talent and it’s clear from the performance of ‘Ride Along’ that he is a star with a powerful box office presence.”
Jeremy Garelick directed the film from a script he co-wrote with Jay Lavender. Adam Fields and Will Packer are producing.
“Ride Along” scored the largest debut ever over Martin Luther King weekend, grossing $48.6 million in four days. The Uni-distributed film already has cumed more than $75 million and counting.
Sony-Screen Gems is about to release another Hart comedy, “About Last Night,” the remake of the 1986 cult film, which also stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant and Paula Patton. That film is set to bow Feb. 14.