During an interview with Drink Champs podcast at the Rock The Bells Festival, Ice Cube explained exactly why fans haven't seen another Friday movie following the last film in the popular franchise, 2002's Friday After Next.
“I’m tryna get it out of Warner Bros. They don’t believe in the culture, man,” Ice Cube said to the podcast hosts, N.O.R.E. & D.J. E.F.N.
Cube went on to explain that Warner has distribution rights to the Friday films. “Once I take the character’s names, it becomes a property of Friday,” Cube said, adding that people have talked to him about possibly changing the film's name. “It’s useless. They just need to come off that shit!”
He said Warner Bros. rejected two scripts he'd written, one of which involved Craig (Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) going to jail for selling weed.
“The s— is funny,” Cube, who's starred in more than 40 films, said. “After they rejected it, they had all these movies about going to jail. So I was like, ‘Man, see, y’all f— me up.’ The other script was about the youngsters in the hood having beef with the OGs, and Craig has to come back and squash that. Smokey’s [Chris Tucker’s] son is the new Deebo [Tommy Lister Jr.], and he’s wilding.”
He also talked about the impact of some of the main characters from Friday passing away, including about including John Witherspoon, who played Cube’s father in the films, Lister, who played Deebo in the original Friday, and A.J. Johnson, who played Ezal in the first film.
While it's not clear whether a new Friday film will come to fruition, Cube has certainly been busy in film. His last movie was 2020's The High Note with Tracee Ellis-Ross, and he has several more projects in the works including War of the Worlds with Eva Longoria and the third installment of Ride Along with Kevin Hart.