N.W.A Movie Progressing At ‘High Speed,’ Ice Cube Says

'21 Jump Street' star tells MTV News, 'We're waiting to hire a director and then bring it all home.'
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

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In addition to his comedic work in "21 Jump Street," Ice Cube has been busy behind the camera, attempting to put two passion projects together as a producer.

In recent months, rumors have swirled about a fourth "Friday" movie and a biopic on the members of N.W.A. When MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with the rapper-turned-actor and producer, Cube offered an update on the latter.

Addressing rumors that his "Boyz n the Hood" director, John Singleton, could possibly helm the project based on the rap group, Ice Cube basically said that he couldn't say. "We're interviewing a lot of directors. I don't want to say 'ye' or 'nay,' but we're interviewing directors," he said. "So, the movie's in progress in this high speed, and it's coming along. Hopefully, we get it done."

The director remains the biggest missing piece of the puzzle, as Ice Cube confirmed that the script is where it needs to be for the flick to move forward. "I'm happy with the script. The script is about 75 percent there. We're waiting to hire a director and then bring it all home," he said. "It's always stumbling blocks in Hollywood. There are always ways that the movie can not get made. Until they green-light the picture, start cutting checks, it's still just a dream."

The most prevalent rumor around casting the film has been that the members' sons will play their fathers. Cube said he wouldn't have a problem with his son playing him, but he wants a traditional casting process first.

"That's a dream come true, but we're going to find the best actor to do the job. That's the thing about movies: You have got to find the best people to do the role," he said. "It is going to be a role that I think is right for unknowns, people who you haven't seen before. I think that's the best way to pull this off."

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