The hit movie franchise “Barbershop,” which starred Ice Cube, will be developed into a half-hour comedy series, utilizing the films’ original producers and writer John Ridley.
Ridley penned the screenplays for “Undercover Brother,” “Three Kings” which starred Ice Cube and UPN’s short-lived “Platinum” series, which focused on the exploits of a Hip-Hop record label.
“‘Barbershop’ has come to stand for irreverent, one-of-a-kind, character-driven comedy, and I can think of no better brand to take Showtime further into the single-camera comedy business,” Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment at Showtime said in a statement.
“Barbershop” was a sleeper hit in September of 2002. The film and the sequel, “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” grossed hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.
Original “Barbershop” producers Robert Teitel and George Tillman Jr. will executive produce the show. The pair are also behind the “Barbershop” spin-off, “Beauty Shop.”
Tillman also directed “Soul Food,” which was later picked up by Showtime.
Source: All Hip Hop