Imagine, if you will, if some milquetoast white guy woke up to find Ice Cube trapped within his consciousness. And not some mellow Barbershop 2 Ice Cube, either, but the angry, militant Ice Cube from N.W.A. If you’re thinking that sounds like the perfect premise for a comedy, sorry. You’re too late. According to Deadline, MGM and New Line have picked up the rights to that exact pitch from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and The Goldbergs executive producer Alex Barnow. And while “Ice Cube inside the head of a wimpy white guy” seems a little on the nose, sequels could deliver “Cube inside the head of a blind violin prodigy,” “Cube inside the head of a 13-year-old Korean-American girl who knows all of his lyrics,” and “Cube inside the head of Donald Sterling.”
Of course, Ice Cube is the original “man with Ice Cube trapped in his head,” and inner Cube has sequel ideas for a fourth Friday movie.
“That’s my dream,” Ice Cube recently told The Wrap. “I think all the parties involved, all the people that’s been in the franchise, people from the first one to the third one, want to do another one.” That sounds like a pretty direct challenge to financiers to compel Chris Tucker to emerge from his self-imposed seclusion by any means necessary. Either that, or Cube’s id thinks it would be really funny to see Tommy Lister Jr. and Terry Crews riding double on Deebo’s bike.
Ice Cube is a seasoned producer and Hollywood veteran in his own right, so it’s not clear that he actually wants to do this, or if he’s just being bullied by his id. Perhaps Ice Cube made a well-reasoned argument against Friday 4 in favor of focusing on 23 Jump Street, only to hear inner Cube bark back, “Shut up! You sons of bitches are making Friday The Fourth Of July! And you’re getting Chris Tucker! Now shut your damn mouth, before I announce your dream to make Are We There Yet 3!”