Following the sad passing of legendary comic actor John Witherspoon, it appears the latest instalment of Ice Cube’s comedy franchise Friday has come to a halt as the rapper admits they’re “back to the drawing board”.
Witherspoon’s death was announced in October with his family sharing the sad news of the actor, who plays Ice Cube’s father in the franchise death, via the star’s social media.
The statement read: “It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77.”
At the time, Ice Cube shared a heartfelt message for Witherspoon, saying: “I’m devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won’t be as funny without him.”
The iconic N.W.A rapper had previously suggested that a new volume of the Friday opus could be on the cards to celebrate 25 years since the first movie’s release—but it appears that is now no longer an option.
With the studio who holds the rights to the franchise seemingly dragging their feet, Cube shared his dismay with a fan on Twitter: “I’ve been pissed off about it since Spoon passed away.”
With John Witherspoon’s role likely to be cut there is one more question mark over a casting. Since the first whisperings of a new Friday film began to swirl around, Christ Tucker has been continually asked whether he would reprise his role as Smokey.
Initially, the star had always neglected to be drawn into the conversation with many people taking that as a sign of declining the role. He has since shared with ESPN’s The Plug, that he wouldn’t categorically rule out being involved, he said: “If it comes together right, I’m definitely gonna look at it and see if it works, ’cause I never say never; I definitely want to check it out. If it works, it’s a possibility.”
Back to the drawing board since New Line Cinema was slow on green lighting the LAST FRIDAY script that was full of Mr. Jones. I’ve been pissed off about it since Spoon passed away. https://t.co/wsWhPlIWQn— Ice Cube (@icecube) December 23, 2019