It looks like Ice Cube and Warner Brothers can’t agree on certain things when it comes
to continuing the rapper’s beloved Friday franchise.
According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, Cube is currently in the middle of a
heated battle with the studio over the continuation of his Friday franchise.
Warner Bros. and Ice Cube reportedly agreed to make a fourth installment, titled Last
Friday, back in 2012, with the Los Angeles native set to be paid a total of $11 million for
his on- and off-camera roles combined. Unfortunately, almost a decade later,
disagreements over the script and property rights have reportedly stopped production
from going forward.
The main issue here is reportedly some major creative differences over the sequel’s storyline.
The first script that Cube wrote for the film was said to be set in a prison, which the
studio ultimately shot down because executives didn’t think it was funny. Once he
submitted a second draft, he received even more negative feedback, with execs saying it
was still “off the mark.”
Now, because of all this tension, Ice Cube says he’s convinced the drawn-out editing
was just a way for Warner Bros. to hold off on production.
“We’re right there at the finish line, and they don’t pull the trigger,” he said, according
to the Wall Street Journal.
Following those claims, a representative for the studio denied the accusations,
suggesting it was Cube who was dragging his feet. Warner Bros. claimed the rapper and
his team were unwilling to engage with the studio and said the artist’s other
commitments, such as his Big3 basketball league, were distractions that slowed down
the pre-production process.