Actor and rapper Ice Cube denounces Warner Bros. because he has not given him ownership of what he believes is rightfully his – distribution control to the lucrative Friday movie franchise.
Cube appeared on boxing legend Mike Tyson’s podcast “Hotboxin,” where he called the studio’s behavior “weird” after revealing that despite writing and starring in the films, the company would not release the rights.
“They don’t know what they’re doing,” he said. “We’d love to have it back. I think it’s almost going to be a time when we get it back. So we wait for that moment, or we keep trying to convince them to let us check the movie. It’s my film, but they have distribution control.’
Cube no longer has distribution control over the trilogy after Warner Bros. purchased New Line Cinema (the original production company) in 2008.
The actor has set his sights on a fourth film, but cannot do so without the green light from Warner Bros.
“I’m not going for it. F**k no,” he told Tyson. “They have to give it to me, and they’re going to make money. I’m not going to pay for my own stuff, that’s stupid. That’s not in my wheelhouse, I’m not doing that.”
On the podcast, Ice Cube said he wrote two new scripts for a fourth installment of the film series, but both were rejected by Warner Bros. studio would not approve the new scripts.
“I wrote two scripts – one they said the timing was off, when it was totally fine,” he explained. “The next one they just put it in ‘development hell.'”
Cube further explained that his other hit movie, All about the Benjaminsprobably wouldn’t see a sequel because it’s owned by, in his words, “same stupid*ss company.”
To be estimated that all three Friday movies – Friday, Next Friday, and Friday After Next — have collectively grossed $118,049,776 in their lifetimes, with the highest grossing of the trilogy due this Friday, estimated to have grossed $57,328,603 since its release in January 2000.
Ice cubes estimated net worth is $160 million.
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