Ice Cube Talks Details About Final ‘Friday’ Sequel

Twenty years ago, Friday was released in theaters. F. Gary Gray’s cult classic grossed more than $6.5 million that weekend.

Ice Cube and Chris Tucker’s roles bumped Michael Bay’s action-packed film, Bad Boys from the No.2 spot. The character of Felicia still remains relevant today, with an entire meme being created based on her relationship with Ice Cube’s character Craig.

“What’s magic about the movie is it takes everyday stuff that you would normally cry about or normally be depressed about and it gives you two hours to laugh at it,” Cube told HuffPost. “And to me, that’s her figure as well. But it’s a trip that phrase has taken a life of its own. It’s a testament that the movie has stood the test of time.”

Cube went on to produce two sequels to Friday: Next Friday, released in 2000, and 2002’s Friday After Next. Both films were successful, but a large chunk of the original cast was missing, particularly Chris Tucker’s character Smokey.

During an interview in 2012, Cube said he was writing Tucker into the fourth and final installment of the Friday series, Last Friday. Tucker has also made statements about potentially returning to the franchise.

“If I do a movie like Friday again it has to evolve,” Tucker stated during a 2014 interview on Sirius radio’s “Sway In The Morning.” “I evolved from Smokey when I was that age when I did that movie — from when I did Fifth Element or even the first Rush Hour. So, every character I look at now, I’m like, can I play it because where I am right now, because I pull a lot from real life. I put a lot of myself in the characters.”

Cube is still attempting to land Tucker for Last Friday, but attributed the film’s delayed release on the business of Hollywood and acquiring the budget to retain former stars from the first three films.

Hopefully the young generation will have another chance to find out where the phrase, “Bye Felicia” came from once and for all.

Are you here for another Friday sequel? Or should Ice Cube leave the franchise alone? Let us know in the comments.