Ice Cube definitely got a lot of people’s attention when he posted a message about his 1995 film “Friday,” which reached its 24th anniversary on April 26. And now, following the success of sequels “Next Friday” in 2000 and “Friday After Next” in 2002, the rapper has followed that post with news of when he wants the fourth movie in the franchise released.
“To the 24 years that have flown since this came out, all I gotta say is… BYE, FELICIA,” wrote Cube last month. “Do you want the next chapter??”
Then on a recent episode of ESPN’s “The Jump,” Cube said the script is done and is currently undergoing edits from the film studio. But he’d love for it to hit theaters on April 26, 2020, for the 25th anniversary of the first film.
“We pushing for it, we finished the script, we getting notes from the studio and it’s going back and forth,” he explained. “We’re going to get into pre-production and start hiring people. It would be nice for this to come out on the 25th anniversary.”
On Friday — the day, not the movie — Cube posted a portion of that ESPN interview to social media, and people expressed sheer excitement.
“Yeaaaaahhh that’s what the world was waiting for !!!” someone wrote.
“Yes!!! We all want this!!!” wrote another fan.
Plenty of people also said they’d love the original characters to be in the new film, especially Chris Tucker who only appeared as Smokey in the first “Friday.”
But there were also some who said they were doubtful the new installment would ever come out.
“I’m over it they been talking about this for 4 5 years now ,” wrote one skeptical follower.
“Yeah and Dr. Dre detox album gonna be the soundtrack,” wrote someone else, who referenced the album the rap producer has been promising for many years.
And for those who badly want Tucker to be in the new film, he said it’s a possibility but only if it makes sense.
“I don’t know. I talked to [Ice] Cube about it,” he said last year on the ESPN podcast “The Plug.” “He told me he was working on some stuff. And 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.”
“At this point, I want to make sure that it’s the right thing to do,” added Tucker. “‘Cause you don’t want to do something for money if it’s not the right thing to do. ‘Cause then it disappoints fans.”