January 28, 2023

‘Friday’ Franchise Frozen as Ice Cube and Warner Bros. Fight Over New Movie

A spat between star Ice Cube and WarnerMedia has escalated into a high-stakes blame game that threatens to permanently derail the movie “Last Friday,” the latest film planned for the long-running comedy franchise.

Over the past several weeks, the two sides have exchanged heated letters over the fate of a movie that has been in the works for nearly a decade and still isn’t close to getting done. At issue: disagreements over creative direction, accusations that neither side is engaging in a sincere manner and finger pointing over who is causing the delays.

Ice Cube, whose legal name is O’Shea Jackson, has been one of the industry’s most lucrative stars for more than two decades. Movies he has starred or co-starred in or produced have grossed more than $2 billion at the box office.

Ice Cube wants Warner Bros., owned by AT&T Inc., to surrender its rights to the “Friday” property and to two other movies he made there—“All About the Benjamins” and “The Players Club,” according to correspondence his lawyers have sent to the studio and that The Wall Street Journal has reviewed.

Warner Bros. replied, calling the demand “extortionate” and saying it won’t release rights to the valuable franchise or any other Ice Cube movies, according to the correspondence.

Related Posts

Moderna Plans to Expand Production to Make Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters, Supply More Countries

June 21, 2021

June 21, 2021

NORWOOD, Mass.— Moderna Inc. MRNA 4.91% is adding two new production lines at the rebuilt former Polaroid plant where it...

Meat Producer JBS Curtails Operations After Cyberattack

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

JBS SA JBSAY 3.05% said it was struck by a cyberattack, disrupting operations for the world’s biggest meatpacker across the...

Biden Administration Taps Private Sector to Invest in Central America

May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday unveiled the agreements of 12 companies and organizations to invest in Guatemala, Honduras and...

Tesla Recalls Over 285,000 Vehicles in China, Most of Them Locally Made

June 26, 2021

June 26, 2021

Tesla Inc. TSLA -1.17% is recalling more than 285,000 passenger vehicles in China—including more than 90% of locally made vehicles...

Summer Job Market for Teens Is Sweet

June 6, 2021

June 6, 2021

Young Americans are saving the summer. Businesses are counting on teenage workers to staff restaurants, golf clubs, resorts and other...

Medline Deal Signals Return to Days of Huge Leveraged Buyouts

June 6, 2021

June 6, 2021

Blackstone Group Inc., BX 1.29% Carlyle Group Inc. and Hellman & Friedman LLC said Saturday they struck a buyout deal...

Fed’s No. 2 Official Sees Time Approaching for Discussion on Cutting Asset Purchases

May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—A top Federal Reserve official said central bankers may begin discussing a reduction in the central bank’s massive asset purchases...

John McAfee, Antivirus Software Creator, Is Found Dead in Spanish Jail

June 23, 2021

June 23, 2021

John McAfee, the antivirus software pioneer who founded cybersecurity company McAfee, was found dead Wednesday in a jail cell in...

Some California Homeowners Can Get Coverage Again After Wildfires

June 13, 2021

June 13, 2021

Thousands of California residents who only can buy homeowners policies through the state’s last-resort insurance program will now be eligible...

Alibaba’s Winning Cloud Formula Is Coming Under Pressure

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Pressure is mounting on Alibaba’s cloud-computing division after years of breakneck expansion, as competition in the industry intensifies and political...

GM Sees Brighter Profit Outlook as It Fends Off Computer-Chip Crunch

June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

General Motors Co. GM 5.93% expects profits to be better in the first half of the year than it previously...

Luminar’s CFO Aims to Conserve Cash as Company Begins Commercial Production

June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

Luminar Technologies Inc., which makes sensors for autonomous cars, is looking to boost production while building up a cash cushion...

Bitcoin Miners Are Giving New Life to Old Fossil-Fuel Power Plants

May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Across America, older fossil-fuel power plants are shutting down in favor of renewable energy. But some are getting a new...

Trucker Yellow Seeks to Steady Finances by Streamlining Operations

May 31, 2021

May 31, 2021

Trucker Yellow Corp. is pushing ahead with a sweeping overhaul aimed at making the large but financially troubled carrier more...

Tribune Says Sale to Alden Wins Approval Amid Confusion Over Key Shareholder’s Vote

May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Tribune Publishing Co. said Friday that its shareholders voted to approve a takeover offer from Alden Global Capital LLC, amid...