As for his acting, actor and artist Ice Cube is best known for his role in the iconic Friday series of comedy films. According to him, he would love to get the rights to the film franchise, but will not look at suing to do so.
Ice Cube – who co-wrote the films as well as starring in them – spoke TMZ Hip Hop recently about his history of trying to obtain the rights to Friday franchise. The actor was asked about the possibility of acquiring the rights or making a spin-off film, to which Cube laughed and said that not only Warner Bros. own the rights to the film itself, but they also own the rights to the names of the characters, which makes things even more difficult.
“You need the same [intellectual property]” said Cube. “Can’t call it Saturday without using Craig and Day-Day. So it’s really the same.” But when asked if he would ever sue Warner Bros. to try and get the rights to the film, Ice Cube was firm in his answer that he wouldn’t, saying “No, I don’t want to sue anybody.”
Cube’s history of trying to obtain the rights to Friday franchise is long and has spanned years now. During a recording of of Drink Champs at the Rock The Bells festival last October, Cube mentioned that he had actually pitched two scripts to Warner Bros. for a potential new film, but both were rejected.
“I’m trying to get it out of Warner Brothers, they don’t believe in the culture, man,” Cube said (via HipHopDX). “I had two scripts. I wrote one; it was s—. They were like, ‘Yo, we don’t want Craig and Day-Day in jail because Craig and Day-Day went to jail for selling weed before that was legal!’
That Friday franchise debuted in 1995 with Friday, which starred Ice Cube alongside Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tiny “Zeus” Lister Jr., Regina King and more. The film became a sleeper hit upon its release, making a surprising amount of money at the box office and gaining a huge cult following thanks to the internet and pop culture at large. The film series has seen two sequels since, with the 2000s Next Friday and the 2002s Friday after next release in the years since the first film.