Note: This article has been updated since the original post.
Now that Straight Outta Compton has officially dominated the box office, winning over critics and audiences alike, Ice Cube is looking to re-team with his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. for a Lionsgate action thriller. THR reports that the father-son duo are in talks to star in the L.A. riots thriller April 29, 1992. Donovan Marsh (Avenged) is on board to direct with Will Packer, who executive produced Straight Outta Compton and previously collaborated with Cube on the Ride Along movies, is set to produce.
From a script by Sascha Penn (Power, Survivor’s Remorse), April 29, 1992 (the title refers to the L.A. riots, and I would be stunned if it isn’t changed in production) follows an ex-criminal (Cube) who must save his son when a group of thugs raid his place of employment in the hopes of stealing a payload worth of platinum.
The studio hopes for a February start date, but the report cautions that these are early talks yet and the deal may fall through.
Jackson starred as the younger version of his father in the hit biopic Straight Outta Compton, while Cube served as producer on the film. Jackson’s performance garnered strong critical reviews and the film has grossed $80.1 million at the time of this posting (because Universal is utterly unstoppable this year), so no doubt they have some options. With a massive success behind them, I’d expect to see the father-son team reunited soon, whether April 29, 1992 comes through or not.
UPDATE: A new report states that Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr. currently have no plans to commit to April 29, 1992, and in fact the deal fell through months ago when the two sides could not agree on the budget or script.
A representative for Cube and Jackson Jr told Deadline, ““Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr. have no plans to commit to this project at this this time. Any speculations or rumors that suggest that they are confirmed are simply untrue.”