Ice Cube's Gritty Urban Drama Becomes PG-13 Disney Movie

April 11, 2011


I suppose news about a gangsta rapper-turned-producer of the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? selling out isn't exactly a shocking revelation, but if you were hoping that Ice Cube might return to the anti-establishment soon, it doesn't sound like that's going to be the case. Instead, he's working with Disney to bring the rating down on his R-rated script for Chrome and Paint. Originally envisioned as a "a gritty Boyz N' The Hood-style drama" about South Central L.A.'s tricked-out car culture, Ice Cube is now going to be directing Chrome with an eye on a lighter rating that will please Disney suits and fetch a younger audience of sweet rim enthusiasts.

Also on the his docket, reportedly, are a Dirty Harry-esque film with his Three Kings director, David O. Rusell, and Straight Outta Compton, a biopic looking back at Cube's early career in N.W.A. Because even when the once-vocal police hater has at least three cop roles on his plate, Ice Cube still makes time for autobiographical dramatic irony.

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