Amid reports that Ice Cube and his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. are coming on board the long-in-the-works L.A. Riots movie titled April 29, 1992, the duo issued a statement to Deadline denying any involvement.
“Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr. have no plans to commit to this project at this time. Any speculations or rumors that suggest that they are confirmed are simply untrue,” a rep for Ice Cube and his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. said on their behalf. Ice Cube is involved in New Line’s comedy Fist Fight with Charlie Day but has not picked his next gig after that.
Fist Fight, written by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, is being produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen producing, with Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield also involved in producing capacities.
We hear the two had been approached for the L.A. Riots project months ago but talks never progressed as the two sides were far apart on money and script. There has been no movement since. “It’s absolutely not true. No truth to it at all,” said a source close to Cube.
Buzz around the L.A. Riots movie started growing in the wake of the runaway success of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton which Ice Cube produced and featured O’Shea Jackson Jr. The movie, which is approaching $100 million at the domestic box office, did touch on the subject of the L.A. Riots.
Ice Cube is in Europe now getting ready to promote SOC. The No. 1 box office champ this past weekend has (as of last night) crossed the $80M mark at the domestic box office and is expected to take a No. 1 spot this weekend again. The film is just beginning its international rollout.
The debut of SOC with a whopping $60.2M marked top career openings for producer-director F. Gary Gray, producers Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Scott Bernstein and EP Will Packer and was a great coup for talent agency UTA which packaged Compton with its clients — Gray, Cube, Packer, producer Matt Alvarez; DP Matthew Libatique, actors Paul Giamatti, Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
The L.A. Riots movie, written by Sascha Penn, is produced by Compton executive producer Packer and Donovan Marsh directing. They are looking to film in February.
A future Ice Cube/O’Shea Jackson Jr. involvement in the movie is not completely out of the question but we hear there are many factors involved, so that is considered a remote possibility at best.