LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Pictures Entertainment's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sequel to the 2009 hit comedy starring Kevin James, will be filmed almost entirely at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, the two adjacent luxury resorts located on the Las Vegas Strip. Wynn Las Vegas boasts a multitude of stunning environments never before seen on the big screen.
Following the success of the Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which grossed $181 million worldwide, the sequel's production is set to commence April 21 and run through June. Directed by Andy Fickman and written by Kevin James & Nick Bakay and Kevin James & Todd Garner, the Happy Madison/Broken Road/Hey Eddie production is produced by Todd Garner, Kevin James, Adam Sandler, and Jack Giarraputo, and is slated for release on April 17, 2015. Jeff Sussman and Marty P. Ewing will be the executive producers.
In the sequel, in which James reprises the role of Paul Blart, the security guard is headed to Wynn Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) before she departs for college. While at the convention, he inadvertently discovers an art heist at the resort.
"When the production team first approached us with the script, we were intrigued with how seamlessly the plot aligned with the resort and our collection of fine art," said Maurice Wooden, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. "Wynn Las Vegas is the perfect backdrop for a classic sequel that combines a luxury resort brand, a high-profile art heist and the comedy of Kevin James."
Andy Davis, president, Production Administration for Columbia Pictures, added, "Right off the bat, the filmmakers identified Wynn and Encore Las Vegas as the perfect location. It's not often that the needs of a production and the goals of a location coincide so perfectly, so it's fantastic to be able to shoot there."
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will also star David Henrie, Neal McDonough, Eduardo Verastegui, Nicholas Turturro and Gary Valentine.
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ABOUT WYNN LAS VEGAS
Wynn and Encore Las Vegas are two luxury hotel and casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The iconic travel destinations are operated by international resort developer Wynn Resorts, recipient of more Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world. Wynn Las Vegas opened on April 28, 2005 and has been recognized as the best resort in Nevada on Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List" for five consecutive years. The resort features 2,714 lavish guest rooms and suites, more than 111,000 square feet of state-of-the-art casino space, 14 casual and fine dining restaurants, a spa and salon and an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership and 18-hole golf course. Wynn Las Vegas is also home to "Le Reve – The Dream," an award-winning theatrical experience blending aerial acrobatics, provocative choreography, powerful performances and elaborate effects. Encore, an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, opened on Dec. 22, 2008. Featuring an additional 2,034 all-suite accommodations, a 72,000-square-foot casino, five restaurants and a spa and salon, Encore is located adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas. Combined, the two resorts boast four distinct nightlife and day club experiences, approximately 283,000 square feet of meeting space and 98,000 square feet of retail space. For more information on Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, visit www.wynnpressroom.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @WynnLasVegas and www.facebook.com/wynnlasvegas.
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