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Ice Cube Visits fuse Studios

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It’s time for another trip to the Barbershop.

The director of The Best Man Holiday, Malcolm D. Lee is in talks to direct a new installment of the comedy franchise. It’s been over a decade after the last one hit theaters. Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are nearing deals to reprise their roles.

Deadline reported the news, and writes that the project is coming together quickly. Cube will produce through his company Cube Vision, along with Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. All three served as producers on previous Barbershop projects.

The original 2002 Barbershop told the story about a man (Cube) who inherits his father and grandfather’s barbershop on Chicago’s South Side. He’s initially ambivalent about his job, and even loses the store at one point. Ultimately he comes around, gets the store back, and learns a lesson about the importance of community.

The film was a solid hit, earning strong reviews and grossing $77 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. A sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, arrived in 2004, along with a cable TV series on Showtime that followed in 2005.

A spin-off movie titled Beauty Shop, featuring Queen Latifah’s hairstylist character from Barbershop 2, was also released in 2005.

 

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