Ice Cube Offers Update on Future of Friday Film Franchise


Ice Cube Offers Update on Future of Friday Film Franchise

Ice Cube created a cult classic surrounding the trilogy of his movie “Friday.”

In a recent interview, he provided an update that suggests the series might be revived after more than two decades.

During an appearance on Sirius XM’s Flavor Of The Week, which aired on Monday (June 17), Ice Cube shared that there has been progress with Warner Bros. regarding the future of the Friday series.

“We finally got some traction with Warner Bros.,” he told host Flavor Flav. “They have new leadership now. My man Mike DeLuca, who was at New Line when I first started and worked on the first Friday, Players Club, and All About the Benjamins, is now running Warner Bros.”


Ice Cube recounted his discussions with the studio, expressing frustration over the delays: “I was like, ‘Yo, what’s going on with Friday? Let’s get this back on track.’ I was upset because we lost John Witherspoon, Tiny Lister, and A.J. Johnson while waiting for this. They want to do it, but it has to be done right, or we shouldn’t bother. Finally, they came to their senses.”

The Friday trilogy currently includes Friday (1995), Next Friday (2000), and Friday After Next (2002). Last year, Cube revealed that Warner Bros. owns not only the franchise name but also the character names.

“You have to use the same intellectual property,” he explained. “You can’t call it Saturday without using Craig and Day-Day. So it’s essentially the same thing.”


While determined to regain ownership, Ice Cube emphasized that he does not want a legal battle with Warner Bros. but will continue to “convince Warner Bros. that they’re wrong.”

Ice Cube, 55, first announced plans for a fourth installment in 2017, but the film has yet to materialize. During a live taping of Drink Champs at the Rock The Bells festival in 2022, he revealed that he had submitted two scripts to Warner Bros., both of which were rejected.

“I’m trying to get it out of Warner Bros. They don’t believe in the culture,” he said, noting that the studio holds the distribution rights for any sequels. “I had two scripts. I wrote one — it was great. They said, ‘We don’t want Craig and Day-Day in jail because they went to jail for selling weed before it was legal.’”


He continued, “After they rejected it, they released movies about going to jail: Orange Is The New Black, Get Hard. So then I wrote another script about the youngsters in the hood having beef with the OG’s, and Craig has to come back to resolve it because Smokey’s son is the new Deebo and he’s wilding out.”

Ice Cube concluded, “They messed around, and then John Witherspoon passed. Then Deebo passed. They just messed it up.”

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