Ride Along 3 in the works

Los Angeles - Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are expected to return for Ride Along 3.

Director Tim Story has revealed a script for the forthcoming movie is in development by screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and the filmmaker is "impatiently" waiting to see what the scribes have come up with next for the comedy duo.

He told TheWrap: "We're writing the script right now, we're writing away and basically, I'm waiting to see some pages and we're excited for the idea and what it can be and of course bringing Kevin (Hart) and Ice Cube back together because they are the greatest odd couple in the world.

"I'm impatiently waiting for a script to be given to me. We have some great ideas."

Story directed the first two Ride Along movies which have both been success stories, grossing more than $225m at the US box office alone.

The first motion picture in the franchise was released in 2014 and saw Hart's character Ben Barber go on a police ride along with his girlfriend's brother, officer James Payton (Cube), to prove to his significant other's sibling that he is worthy of marrying her.

The film featured Laurence Fishburne as Omar, the boss of a Serbian smugglers gang who Payton is trying to take down.

Tika Sumpter played Ben's girlfriend Angela Payton and John Leguizamo starred as detective Santiago.

Ride Along 2 was released in January 2016 and saw Hart and Cube's characters head to Miami to try to bring down crime lord Antonio Pope (Benjamin Bratt) and his hacker A.J. (Ken Jeong).

The movie also featured Olivia Munn and saw Sumpter reprise her role as Angela.

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