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03.27.08 59 Comments

Dimension Films has acquired Janky Promoters, the first script Ice Cube has written since the Friday series (in which he collaborated with DJ Pooh).  Banking on its success, Cube took less money up front for a larger percentage of the back end [Ed. Note – musn’t… make… borderline racist ass joke…].  Cube also plans to star.

"Janky Promoters" sets Cube and another actor as music promoters who get the chance to book a top-tier hip-hop artist into a midsized California venue. The pair are ill equipped for such a task and everything goes wrong. Film fits the urban niche that Cube has hit in the "Friday" and "Barbershop" series and films like "First Sunday."

They didn’t put parentheses around "urban niche" – I suppose that’s progress.

[Says Dimension head Bob Weinstein]: "This feels a lot like ‘Uptown Saturday Night‘ to me, a caper film where you have these music promoters who are slightly shady but are good enough guys that you root for them. This is going to be R-rated, and it appeals right to the core of Cube’s audience [because they love swearing, presumably]. He’s producing the movie, sharing in the funding, so it’s more complicated than previous deals we’ve made with Cube. He’s a brand, like Tyler Perry, and that’s the direction he’s headed in."…

Weinstein is already working out the details for an early summer start date that will factor in Cube’s promotion schedule for "The Long Shots," the Fred Durst-directed Dimension film that Cube just wrapped as star and producer.

Cube has a first-look Dimension deal and is also developing "Welcome Back, Kotter" as a starring vehicle. [Variety]

Not a single non-black comparison… Fred Durst directing… A Welcome Back Kotter movie… I think my brain just short circuited dursted.

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