New Line Cinema has given Ice Cube the green light for a third installment of the rapper-turned-actor's "Friday" series of movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Friday After Next," which follo

New Line Cinema has given Ice Cube the green light for a third installment of the rapper-turned-actor's "Friday" series of movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Friday After Next," which follows 1995's "Friday" and last year's "Next Friday," will begin production in the fall with an eye on a Thanksgiving 2002 release.

Cube -- who wrote the script and will produce the project with Matt Alvarez through their Cube Vision production company -- will reprise his role as Craig Jones. Mike Epps (Day-Day Jones), Don "D.C." Curry (Uncle Elroy Jones), and John Witherspoon (Mr. Jones) will all be back for the third go around. A director has not yet been attached.

While "Next Friday" took the Jones clan out of the ghetto thanks to Day-Day's lottery win, the new film will see Craig and Day-Day as roommates back in the hood, holding down jobs as strip mall security guards. The story is set across two days -- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

As previously reported, Cube has plans to star opposite Johnny Knoxville (MTV's "Jacksass) in "Big Ticket." The DreamWorks flick will begin production after "Friday After Next" wraps. Before either reaches theaters, Cube will next be seen in New Line Cinema's "All About the Benjamins" and Screen Gems' "Ghost of Mars."

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