Ice Cube Says Warner Bros. Rejected New ‘Friday’ Script: They Don’t Believe In The Culture
It looks like Ice Cube and Warner Bros. are still at odds over a fourth ‘Friday’ film.
During a recent interview on Drink Champs, Ice Cube (real name O’Shea Jackson) revealed that he has written two different scripts for the movie, however, both were rejected by Warner Brothers. The rapper-turned-filmmaker explained:
“I’m trying to get it out of Warner Brothers, they don’t believe in the culture man… I had two scripts. I wrote one; it was the sh*t. They was like, ‘Yo, we don’t want Craig and Day-Day in jail, ’cause Craig and Day-Day went to jail for selling weed before it was legal!”
“Then after they rejected it they had all these f*cking movies about going to jail: Orange Is The New Black … Get Hard. So then I wrote another script, and the script was really about … the youngsters in the hood having beef with the OG’s in the hood and Craig has to come back and squash that because Smokey’s son is the new Deebo and he’s wylin! They tripped on it man, they f*cked around and then John Witherspoon passed. Then Deebo passed … they just fucked it up.”
Last year, 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, disputed 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.”
The first Friday film was released back in 1995. The series takes place in South Central Los Angeles and follows the exploits of unemployed Craig Jones, who along with his friends and family, are thrust into various issues that happen to occur on a Friday. Two sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next, were released in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
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