Looks like it might take a bit longer for fans to get the fourth installment of Friday. According to TMZ, Ice Cube has been going back and forth with production studio, New Line Cinema, for delaying the process of green-lighting Last Friday.
When asked by a fan on Dec. 22 if the film will be canceled due to the passing of John Witherspoon, who played Mr. Jones, Cube replied, “Back to the drawing board since New Line Cinema was slow on green lighting the LAST FRIDAY script that was full of Mr. Jones. I’ve been pissed off about it since Spoon passed away.”
The outlet caught up with the actor/rapper and asked if he considered using computer-generated imagery in the film in light of Witherspoon’s passing. To that, Ice Cube responded, “It’s all on New Line, man.”
TMZ also said that Cube is especially frustrated because had New Line Cinema moved swifter, Witherspoon would have been in the film in its entirety.
Cube revealed that he wanted to release the film on April 26, 2020, but it is uncertain when the film will be released, or if it will hit theaters at all.
John Witherspoon passed away at 77-years-old on Oct. 29. He was famously known for his roles in the Friday films, as well as “The Wayans Bros.” and “The Boondocks.”
The late actor’s family issued a statement to Deadline regarding his death. “It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” the family confirmed. “He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”
Check out Ice Cube’s conversation with TMZ below.