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Universal has beat out three other studios in a bidding war to acquire the rights to Humbug, according to Deadline. The studio is trying to re-team Ice Cube and Tim Story for the project, who were the respective star and director of Barbershop, Ride Along, and its upcoming sequel, presumably titled 2 Ride 2 Long.

In Humbug’s gritty reboot of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Cube would play a powerful real-estate mogul who is visited by a cabal of henpecking deceased weirdos, adding a topical twist to the classic fable. The roles of those ghosts, who would have the thankless job of provoking Ice Cube, have yet to be cast.

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Ice Cube is reportedly in negotiations to make eight figures for the film, a payday that would add considerably to Cube’s existing fortune and possibly making him wealthy and surly enough to be visited by the specter of his former partner Eazy-E, followed by the ghosts of Biggie, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and hologram Tupac.