On December 21, 1990, the Arnold Schwarzenegger family comedy Kindergarten Cop was released in U.S. theaters. Though Schwarzenegger’s best known films are his action movies in which he plays larger-than-life characters like the Terminator and Conan the Barbarian, the Austrian bodybuilder-turned-actor has made a few films that showed off his comedic side. Kindergarten Cop was one of his most successful, grossing $202 million worldwide and becoming a favorite with audiences after repeat airings on television over the past 25 years.
2016 will see the release of Kindergarten Cop 2 from Universal 1440 Entertainment. The sequel stars Schwarzenegger’s Expendables co-star Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier), another action movie icon.
In Kindergarten Cop, Schwarzenegger plays Detective John Kimble, a cop who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to find the whereabouts of Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson), a fugitive who is the father of one of the children in the class. However, Kimble discovers that managing two dozen five and six year-olds through their daily lessons to be far more difficult than his police work. Watching tough guy Schwarzenegger interact with the children in the class — who say whatever pops into their little heads — is hilarious (“IT’S NOT A TUMOR!”).
In Kindergarten Cop 2, Lundgren plays Agent Reed. Like in the original movie, Reed goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, this time to recover a flash drive with sensitive information that was stolen from the Witness Protection Program. However, in addition to dealing with a handful of students, Reed also faces problems with the school’s “politically correct environment.”
Universal believes that fans of the original Kindergarten Cop will find a lot to love about the sequel. “Kindergarten Cop grossed over $200 million worldwide and has been entertaining audiences of all ages,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. “In this exciting reboot, we introduce a unique blend of humor and action to the next generation of viewers, as well as share a reimagined version of the story with longtime fans who have made this an enduring family favorite.”
Kindergarten Cop 2 stars Dolph Lundgren and Bill Bellamy (Any Given Sunday, TV’s Hot in Cleveland). It was directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Tremors 5: Bloodlines) and was written by David H. Steinberg (American Pie 2, Miss Dial). Look for it on Blu-ray and DVD in 2016.