Ice Cube Explains Why Fourth ‘Friday’ Film Is in Limbo

Ice Cube at the Non-Televised 47TH NAACP Image Awards, Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, CA 02-04-16 — Photo by s_bukley/Deposit Photos

The long-awaited fourth Friday movie has hit another roadblock.

Ice Cube, who co-created the franchise, revealed he’s written not one – but two – scripts for the new movie. Still, he said both were rejected by Warner Bros., which hold the rights to the films.

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Cube shared those details on a recent episode of the “Drink Champs” podcast, according to Billboard.

The hip-hop mogul said the first script included the characters Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) going to jail for selling marijuana.

“After they rejected it, they had all these movies about going to jail. So I was like, ‘Man, see, y’all f— me up.’ The other script was about the youngsters in the hood having beef with the OGs, and Craig has to come back and squash that. Smokey’s [Chris Tucker’s] son is the new Deebo [Tommy Lister Jr.], and he’s wilding,” he said.

Cube added that he doesn’t think the film will move forward unless he’s able to take the rights to another studio. “I’m tryna get it out of Warner Bros. They don’t believe in the culture, man,” he added.

Asked if Tucker would join the cast of the film, Cube admitted it’s not likely. “Chris is slippy,” he said. “But me and Chris is cool.”

Nia Long, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Paula Jai Parker, Angela Means, John Witherspoon, Anna Maria Horsford, and Bernie Mac also starred in the first film. It was followed by the sequels Next Friday (2000), and Friday After Next (2002), with Mike Epps co-starring in the films. Ice Cube has previously said the fourth film would be titled Last Friday.

Sadly, Bernie Mac, John Witherspoon and Tommy Lister have all passed away.

The original Friday was released in 1995. Cube produced, co-wrote and starred in the film alongside Tucker. The comedy about unemployed slackers Craig and Smokey made $27 million at the box office on a reported $3 million budget.