Ice Cube addresses Warner Bros, and wants the franchise to “do the right thing” and give him control of the Friday series.
Ice Cube Wants Warner Bros to Give Him Control of 'Friday' Franchise
Ice Cube is seeking to regain ownership of his iconic Friday’s back from Warner Bros.
During a recent appearance on Hotboxin With Mike Tyson, the West Coast legend aired out the company that currently holds the rights to his classic films.
At around the 37-minute mark, co-host Matt Barnes asked Cube if a fourth Friday film would ever see the light of day — “I don’t know. Warner Brothers is weird right now,” Cube said. “I don’t know what they doing, they don’t know what they doing. We’d love to have it back. I think it’s gon’ be close to a time when we get it back. So, we’ll either wait for that time, or we’ll keep trying to convince them that they need to let us control the movie. It’s my movie, but they have distribution control.”
Tyson then asked Cube, who starred in and co-wrote the first three Friday films, if he ever considered purchasing the rights. Cube made it very clear he wasn’t interested.
“I ain’t putting shit up for it. Fuck no,” he said. “They need to give it to me, and they gon’ make money. I’m not about to pay for my own stuff, that’s stupid … They need to do the right thing, get it to us, let us turn it into more money, and make the fans happy … We can do a lot with it.”
Cube also noted that he is always thinking about Last Friday, and already wrote two screenplays. He said Warner Bros. rejected the first script because “the timing wasn’t right,” while the second seemingly went nowhere.
“It was in development hell,” he said about the latter script. “They just kept giving you note after note after note, never giving you the green light.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Cube discussed the upcoming album from Mount Westmore, a supergroup he formed alongside fellow California rappers Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Too Short.
The 16-song tracklist was released on Friday (December 2) and the album drops on December 9.