Ice Cube Says ‘Friday 4′ Stuck in ‘Development Hell’ at New Line

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Believe it or not, there was once a time when much of mainstream America was terrified of O’Shea Jackson, better known as actor and rapper Ice Cube. During his days with the iconic late-80′s hip-hop group N.W.A. and later as a solo artist, Ice Cube became famous for his brutally honest lyrics and thug-like persona.

His successful acting career began with his co-starring role as gang-banger Doughboy in John Singleton’s brilliant 1989 debut feature, Boyz n the Hood and solidified with 1995′s stoner comedy Friday, which helped introduce the world to a motor-mouthed comedian named Chris Tucker. Cube has had an uneven run since then, with his role in American Hustle director David O. Russell’s Three Kings a stand-out among forgettable flicks like xXx: State of the Union and Are We There Yet? 

Friday spawned two sequels and remains popular and well-loved by fans of its genre, but it’s been twelve years since the last entry, Friday After Next. Given Ice Cube’s scene-stealing performance in last year’s 21 Jump Street, it stands to reason that there could be a resurgence of interest in a fourth Friday movie. Yet, according to Cube himself, it may not happen anytime soon.

During a recent Reddit AMA with Kevin Hart to promote their upcoming buddy comedy Ride Along, Ice Cube answered a fan’s question about the current state of Friday 4:

The next Friday movie is caught up in development hell at New Line Cinema. Pray that we get it outta there.

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Ice Cube has been claiming since at least 2011 that he, Chris Tucker and the entire original cast (Cube, Tucker, Mike Epps, Terry Crews, John Witherspoon and Katt Williams) would return for a fourth movie, which could be titled Last Friday. In March of last year, Ice Cube spoke about doing another Friday movie, but his comments amounted to his desire to see the whole cast reunite, “to make it special,” rather than a hard confirmation the movie will happen anytime soon.

Despite Ice Cube’s family-friendly projects like Are We There Yet? and the TBS series with the same title starring Terry Crews, he never stopped cutting albums with personal and political messages. One fan asked why he made Are We There Yet? - rather than call him a sell-out point-blank, maybe – and Ice Cube’s response was interesting: “For my fans’ kids. I didn’t like little kids only having Friday to laugh to.”

This type of answer hints at the great deal of respect Ice Cube has for his fans, and it’s likely that bringing the Friday crew back together for (perhaps) one more go-round would be as much for them as for him. His role as Captain Dickson in 21 Jump Street (which he’ll reprise for next year’s 22 Jump Street) was one of the most entertaining things about that movie, and with this new light trained on his film career, it’s possible that Friday 4 could find its way out of development hell sooner rather than later.

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Friday 4 is in development at New Line Cinemas.

Source: Reddit

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  1. Would love to see another Friday movie with everyone reunited…but much like Dr. Dres Detox album it doesnt seem at all likely and Ive kinda sadly stopped caring. I dont think Cube is a sell out…he just did what was natural. Very few rappers, let alone actors have the hollywood muscle that cube has.

    Maybe if we cant get a sequel to Friday then maybe we can get a sequel to All about the Benjamins….the next best & closest thing. Get Mike Epps & Cube back on the big screen as Rich Bounty hunter vs criminal (cause who wouldent want to see Mike Epps act like a rich criminal on the run) and watch the hilarity ensue.

    • I’d be down for one last Friday movie but only if everyone was back, especially Smokey. Then I think they are all so old, is Tucker at his age doing Smokey gonna be funny or is it gonna be sad?

      And Detox, forget it. I cant believe that used to be an album I couldnt wait to hear even though I knew it would never come out cause Dre is afraid of destroying his legacy. His two albums were classic and the amount of times Detox was delayed if Detox wasnt teh greatest album in history it would be a failure. So thats why it will never come out.

      • Forget about Dre,Wait for Dj Quik’s new album the true west coast king producer.

        • pun intended? ha

          come on he’s a legend..plus it will only come out when he finally decides to retire or passes away, yes Quik is dope aswell but not as many bangers as Dre

          • Lol I see what I did there.But tell me when was the last time Dre dropped a album? it was back in 99..well over a decade.Quik takes awhile sometimes to drop a album but no longer then 4 years.Plus he’s underground and doesn’t get his props from the mainstream like he should.Dre even got Quik to produce several tracks for Detox just look it up somewhere on youtube.Dre has nothing but ghostwriters and ghostproducers making everything he has done all the way back to the Chronic days.I can go on and on why Quik is better then Dre but i’ll leave it at that.

    • love all about the Benjamins would love to see a sequel to all about the Benjamins

  2. oh noooo. this is tragic

  3. Chris Tucker ….ENOUGH SAID!

  4. I’d welcome the “Last Friday” entry with open arms. Bring it on.

  5. That reunion would knock us all the @#$* out.

  6. I’ve given up on the idea this is ever coming out. I’ll change my mind the night it hits theaters.

  7. anyone else want to see a sequel set in a mall were they are settled down with families shopping right after Thanksgiving? I give you “Black Friday”

  8. I’d love to see Chris Tucker come back for the last Friday. And also, I think Dave Chappelle should be in it!

  9. is Chris Tucker still alive? dude fell of the planet

    Ice Cube didn’t sell out he grew up, people would be mocking him if he was 40 still rapping and acting like he did when he was 18, plus he has a few movies he is in coming up, so it can only help his chances of getting the green light if they do well

  10. Cube is as much of a businessman as jayz. Cube still drops albums they may not reach gold or platinum but he keeps his name relevant. I saw this coming btw.

  11. Doughboy was NOT a gangbanger. He was a kid from Compton, wrapped up in the street activity of the California violence during the 1990s.

    The movie never showed nor implied he had gang affiliation. He was troubled youth, which mirrored his brother’s success

    • Nah im sorry,he and his homeboys were definitely Crips.Even one of his boys approached him saying what up cuz?..a saying crips use to greet each other.And the dudes he shot at the end of the movie were definitely Bloods just go back and watch the movie.

      • Su Wh62P……the big homie Big Nose 62 Brims.
        Why the B-Dawgs always get shot @the fast food joints?
        Like them hounds in menace to society.

  12. Are there a huge amount of people demanding a fourth film? That would be a surprise. The first Friday was great, but the second was a disappointment. Didn’t even bother with the third.

    If they bring Smokey back I might be interested, but otherwise I don’t mind if it stays right where it is.

  13. They were all good especially the 1st and 3rd one. I just think they are gonna wait too long and noone will care. Day Day, Smokey and Katt Williams in a Friday together would have been classic in 2011 and made millions.

    It would still make money now but the longer they wait the most likely no one will care anymore like Dr.Dre’s Detox it could come out tomorrow, it would make money but not the money it would have made in 2009.

  14. I’m all for a Last Friday if they bring back Smokey, but with a twist: make Smokey reappear as a successful man trying to live down his crazy past self and the others won’t let him. It’ll be fun watching the hilarity from Chris Tucker going back and forth with that. Not to mention the positive message that anyone can make something of himself.

  15. The first Friday movie was a slacker classic. Leave good enough alone! We don’t need any more.

  16. I think it would be a good idea to release Last Friday in 2015 as a 20 year anniversary for the entire Friday series. Then after that no more Friday movies. Make the series go out with a bang. Don’t wait til Cube and Tucker as well as the rest of the crew are TOO old.

  17. The name ” last Friday” isn’t even official it’s something made up by the fans.

  18. IF WARNER BROS PICTURES COULD DO JOINT VENTURES LIKE SEX AND THE CITY 2,AND A HAROLD AND KUMAR CHRISTMAS WITH NEW LINE CINEMA, WHY NOT “LAST FRIDAY”? THE FRANCHISE IS JUST A SUCESSFUL AS THE OTHER TWO, WHAT GIVES?

  19. Just want to add my two cents to the convo abt quik and dre I just want to say tht both of them are legends but the crown would have to go to dre for the simple fact he brought out N.W.A thts enough said right there, plus with beats by dre dude is doing numbers like damn near at a billi for his total net worth. Quik my dude but with a strong 2 to 5 mill. I can’t agree tht quik is the king of the west. IJS, SHOUT OUT TO CUBE PLEASE DROP ANOTHER FRIDAY U DO NOT NEED CHRIS TUCKER UNFUNNY JOKES ON CUBE VISION LOL BUT ALL JOKES ASIDE SHOOT ANOTHER FRIDAY MY DUDE, EVERYBODY SAY I LOOK LIKE MIKE EPPS TWIN SO U CAN ADD ME AS HIS LIL BRO OR COUSIN FROM STL. JUST AN IDEA SINCE MR. TUCKER IS ON A HIGH HORSE, JUST ADD YO BOY SO I CAN BRING SOME MORE FUNNY TO CUBE VISION. PEACE EVERYBODY CUBE HIT ME UP ON FB OR SOMETHING.

    • Man im callin bs tryna act like you something special cube aint gonna recruit yo ass. N*gga please.

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