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Ice Cube Accuses Warner Bros. of Discrimination in Battle Over ‘Friday’ Franchise

Ice Cube has accused Warner Bros. of discrimination.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the actor-rapper is embroiled in a sad battle with the studio over the Friday franchise. They had both agreed to make a fourth installment, titled Last Friday, back in 2012, and Cube was reportedly set to be paid a total of $11 million for his on- and off-camera roles, but then disagreements over the script and property rights hindered production.

Complex continues:

The main issue appears to be creative differences over the sequel’s storyline. Cube’s first script for the sequel was reportedly set in a prison, which the studio ultimately shot down because executives didn’t believe it was funny. The multi-hyphenate submitted a second draft, but received feedback that he believed was “off the mark.” Cube said he’s convinced the drawn-out editing process was just a way for WB to hold off on production, stating: “We’re right there at the finish line, and they don’t pull the trigger.”

Speaking with the press, the studio’s rep denied the accusations, suggesting it was Cube who was dragging his matter. The studio claimed Cube and his team were unwilling to engage with the studio because of the artist’s other commitments, such as the Big3 basketball league, which were all distractions that slowed down the pre-production process.

“For nearly a decade we have expressed unwavering support for a Friday sequel,” the spokesperson said, “even as the years passed between the two scripts he was enlisted to write for the Friday franchise due to his own delays.”

However, in a letter obtained by WSJ, Cube has accused WB of discrimination, saying that the projects he’s done for the studio “are habitually underfunded in comparison with projects featuring white casts and creative teams.” He also said his films weren’t adequately supported.

The studio responded to the allegations in a letter to Cube’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, stating the claims were “grounded in a libelous set of knowing falsehoods.”

“We strongly disagree with any claims of discriminatory treatment, and stand by our ongoing and proven commitment to support diverse voices and storytellers and will continue to do so as we move forward,” a WB spokesperson said.

The studio said it is forget their differences and proceed with Last Friday, but Cube indicated he has no intention to ease his demands and threatened to take the project to another company: “I’m going to go somewhere else and make a hit and embarrass them,” he said.

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