Well, this will make my littlest nephew bounce up and down. He was a happy little tyke when I took him to see Kevin James’ “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” five years ago, and he continues to watch it to this day. Seriously, the kid refuses to delete the movie off the DVR. And considering how well the film did when it opened in 2009 ($183 million worldwide on a $26 million budget), a lot of you liked it, too.
Given how successful the film was, it’s surprising it’s taken this long for the sequel to get greenlit. I’m guessing most of that is star Kevin James not wanting to come back yet, because let’s face it, studios don’t like sitting on their laurels when they have a hit.
The sequel is now officially moving forward, with “The Game Plan” director Andy Fickman reportedly in talks to helm the comedy, which originally starred James as the titular Paul Blart, a mall security cop who takes his job way, way too seriously. Which comes in handy when bad guys take over the mall, and Paul has to save the day.
James is expected back in the role (it wouldn’t be much of a sequel without him, after all), along with co-writer Nick Bakay. James and Bakay wrote the script for the first film, which was directed by Steve Carr.
Sony has production on the sequel set for an April start date.