Ice Cube At Odds W/ Warner Bros. Regarding Script Of Upcoming ‘Friday’ Film Amid Lawsuit Against Robinhood Being Dismissed
It looks like Ice Cube just can’t catch a break this year!
According to the Wall Street Journal, Ice Cube (real name O’Shea Jackson) and Warner Bros. have been going at it behind the scenes. Specifically, they’re butting heads over the fourth Friday film, Last Friday–which has been in the works since 2012. Reportedly, the brunt of the tension stems from disagreements over the script for the upcoming movie.
Ice Cube allegedly sought to have Last Friday take place in a prison. However, studio executives reportedly told him:
“Prison isn’t funny… fans of the franchise [want] to see the characters in their familiar settings instead of behind bars for much of the movie.”
In response, Ice Cube drafted a new script–one which the studio reportedly still felt was “off the mark”. Ice Cube then said:
“The entire editing process [is] a way to delay getting cameras rolling.”
Additionally, Ice Cube‘s lawyer wrote in a letter to the studio that Warner Bros. has a habit of discriminating against his work, claiming his films are:
“Habitually underfunded in comparison with projects featuring white casts and creative teams.”
Warner Bros., however, is disputing Ice Cube‘s claims. In a statement, the studio called his allegations “revisionist history” and said Last Friday was delayed due to:
“[Ice Cube’s] camp’s unwillingness to engage with the studio.”
Regarding Ice Cube‘s lawyer’s discrimination claims, the studio responded:
“We strongly disagree with any claims of discriminatory treatment, and stand by our ongoing and proven commitment to support diverse voices and storytellers and will continue to do so as we move forward.”
It is unclear where Last Friday is currently at in terms of production.
The drama between Ice Cube and Warner Bros. comes amid the filmmaker losing his lawsuit against Robinhood. As previously reported, Ice Cube sued the popular stock trading app earlier this year for allegedly using his likeness and misquoting his lyrics. In the lawsuit, he claimed:
“In a cynical effort to appeal to a young demographic, Robinhood has engaged celebrity endorsers such as Jay-Z, Nas, and Jared Leto to endorse its products and services. However, in an act of unmitigated gall and transparent retribution, Robinhood and its subsidiary have now used the image and likeness of Ice Cube — without his permission — to promote Robinhood’s terrible products and services. Robinhood has picked on the wrong man this time.”
However, Robinhood denied any wrongdoing, claiming:
“No, we didn’t use his image without permission. The image was licensed and used for non-commercial, editorial purposes in connection with a blog article.”
Apparently, the judge presiding over the case agreed with Robinhood and dismissed the case.
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