EXCLUSIVE: Excessive Force, a story about racism and corruption based on a story and script written by Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube, is planning to go into production this fall with Carl Franklin (Devil In The Blue Dress, One False Move) at the helm.
Excessive Force, to be produced by Joe Roth and CubeVision, will star Ice Cube. The storyline of the controversial thriller is being kept under wraps, but we know it involves excessive force in the Cleveland police department and shines a spotlight on racism and systematic corruption.
Franklin, who has been busy as a TV director, directing episodes of Ray Donovan, Ten Days in the Valley, The Leftover and 13 Reasons Why, is attached to direct and CubeVision are budgeting the film now.
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The project is the latest on a slate from CubeVision which is flush with development funds after sealing a deal earlier this year with strategic partner AID Partners, a media investment company founded by Hong Kong entrepreneur Kelvin Wu whose other investments include Legendary Pictures and Golden Harvest Entertainment. The deal established Cube Vision as a major buyer of original content and allows them deep pockets to develop its own slate, hire its own screenwriters and then bring fully developed projects to studios — thereby bypassing the studio development hell process.
With this large, film development fund, Cube Vision is building an aggressive slate with the help of newly promoted VP of Film and TV, Ben Hurwitz, who came up through the company internally and was groomed by Kwatinetz.
On the TV side, Cube Vision is producing season two of the hit VH1 show Hip Hop Squares and developing an animated half hour inspired by Cube’s experiences being bused to the Valley for high school. The project is being written by Matthew Silverstein and Dave Jeser.
The film slate so far has:
Dock, a biopic about the life of baseball player Dock Ellis, which was the first project to come from the Cube Vision and AID Partners agreement. This one is produced by Cube Vision and David Permut, with O’Shea Jackson Jr. starring as the titular character. The first drafts have been written by Joey Poach.
Rocky Mountain High at Universal, again based on an original idea by Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube, written by Freedland & Cohen, and directed by Kyle Newacheck (Game Over, Man). The mad cap stoner comedy will star Ice Cube and his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., as a father and son who must work together to find out who stole their unbeatable weed formula in the newly legalized Colorado marijuana market.
Oliver at Disney, written by Danny Strong and being directed by Tommy Kail (Hamilton), and produced by Cube Vision and Marc Platt. The tentpole musical will star Ice Cube. The picture is a twist on the old classic.
Humbug is being developed at Netflix and would be produced by Cube Vision and Todd Garner based on a spec from Todd R Jones and Earl Richey for Ice Cube to star in the title role. The film is a contemporary retelling of the Charles Dickens’ tale A Christmas Carol. In the new version, set in modern day New York City, Cube will play a wealthy real estate mogul shown a path to redemption.
Ride Along 3 at Universal with Tim Story, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, and produced by Cube Vision. This successful franchise has garnered a total of $279M+ at the worldwide box office. It’s currently in development at the studio.
Cube In My Head at MGM and New Line which began as a comedy pitch by Black-ish’s Kenya Barris and The Goldbergs exec producer Alex Barnow about a hapless white guy, perennially disrespected by everyone from his girlfriend to his co-workers. When he wakes up after an accident, the voice inside his head is Ice Cube. Driven by that voice, he begins to develop confidence to take back his life.
Franklin, who also has worked on such high-profile drama series as House of Cards, Homeland, The Affair, Vinyl and The Newsroom and was an EP for the entire One Day She’ll Darken series, is repped by Paradigm, Anonymous Content and law firm Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
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