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Andy Fickman in Talks to Direct 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' Sequel

January 8, 2014 (6:40 am) GMT
Kevin James is expected to reprise his role as the lead actor and the co-screenwriter, while Adam Sandler returns as a producer.
Andy Fickman in Talks to Direct 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' Sequel

A sequel to "" is announced by Sony Pictures. Andy Fickman ("", "") is in negotiations to helm the second film which is eying for an April start date. returns as a co-producer.

is set to reprise his role as the titular overweight cop in "". The 48-year-old comedian will also write the screenplay with Nick Bakay, like they did in the first installment which was directed by Steve Carr.

Supported by as James' on-screen love interest, the first film released in 2009 grossed nearly $200 million globally against a reported budget of $26 million.

In other news, D.J. Caruso ("") is attached to helm Fox's "". Scripted by Dan McDermott, the supernatural thriller will center on a man who trades seven years of his life expectancy for a chance to relive a single day, the worst day of his life. is circling the lead role.

"" director Joe Johnston, meanwhile, is expected to sit behind the lens for Good Universe's sci-fi "". The feature film about alien invasion on earth is written by Spenser Cohen and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

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