2014 is off to an amazing start for Hollywood producer Will Packer. His wildly successful cop comedy “Ride Along” grossed $123.1 million to date and his second 2014 film, “About Last Night,” also grossed $38 million in just two weeks. Now the 39-year-old Hollywood executive is already plotting on his next big project.
According to Deadline, Will is partnering up with “Best Man Holiday” director Malcolm D. Lee for a new comedy titled “Girls Trip.” The film will be produced by major movie studio Universal Pictures and Will Packer Productions. A writer has yet to be linked to the project. There’s also been no mention of which actresses are being eyed for the comedy.
Speaking of Will Packer, he’s also gearing up for “Ride Along 2,” which is set to begin filming in June 2014. “Ride Along” was Will’s fifth movie that opened at No.1. Others include “Stomp the Yard,” “Obsessed,” “Think Like a Man,” and “Takers.” But it turns out that his success is not by chance. Instead, he says he follows a special formula for box office success.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have success making moderately budgeted films, really low budgeted films,” he once told Bloomberg TV. “The name of the game is profitability. The model that I’ve been fortunate enough to have success with is to make films that have an audience, that know what their audience is and that satisfy that audience—and to do so without having all of the trappings and that huge movies with mega budgets have. If you make a movie for $100 million, it’s gotta cross 4 or 500 worldwide in order for it to be successful by the time you look at what was spent on it. My film, which was in the 20s, now we’ve crossed $93 million in the first three weeks. It is hugely successful in it’s own way. I prefer to look at that kind of a model and I like to have proportionate success. I think that’s what’s making Hollywood pay attention”
Details about “Girls Trip” is still pretty scarce, but we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.