MGM Looking for a Haircut Again with Ice Cube Back in 'Barbershop 3'
Since MGM hasn't had much luck with their remakes like Red Dawn and RoboCop, they've decided to reach back into their past to revive a once successful comedy franchise. Deadline has word that the studio is currently in talks with Ice Cube to star in Barbershop 3, reviving the franchise that began all the way back in 2012 and continues with a sequel in 2004 and a spin-off called Beauty Shop in 2005 with Queen Latifah. The original film just followed a day in the life of a barbershop on the South side of Chicago, with colorful characters played by Cedric the Entertainer and more. So who else is coming back? Read on!
Well, as of now, Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah are the only other returning cast members in the mix right now. This seems like a cheap effort to capitalize on the growing box office success of films like About Last Night, Think Like a Man and even Ride Along, with a predominantly African-American cast. Yes, the Barbershop films were successful in terms of grossing much more than they cost to make (the first cost $12 million and made $75 million in the US), but that's hardly a good reason to revive a franchise, at least in terms of storytelling. But this is Hollywood, so I guess we're not surprised.
Ice Cube has had a great run on the big screen lately with 21 Jump Street and Ride Along proving to be big successes. The first has a sequel arriving this summer, while the latter has a sequel in development to be released on January 15, 2016, just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. If this film turns out to be a success, you can likely expect more Barbershop. And don't be surprised if they try to get Kevin Hart on board this one in some capacity, and maybe even Michael Ealy can return, since they both found a decent audience in the About Last Night remake. Thoughts?