Ice Cube Eyes Iceberg Role In "Pimp" Film

The deals seem to be coming fast and furious these days for Ice Cube, as the rapper is in talks to star in a film based on Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck, an infamous Harlem pimp in the 1940s and '50s.

Ice Cube will portray Beck in the "Pimp" film, which is based upon his 1969 autobiography "Pimp: The Story Of My Life" and is being produced by Fine Line Features. Rob Weiss and Bruce Rubenstein have collaborated on the screenplay, and Bill Duke ("Hoodlum," "Sister Act 2") has been approached to direct the film, according to "The Hollywood Reporter."

Cube will likely start work on "Pimp" in the fall, right after shooting another pending film project, John Carpenter's "Ghost Of Mars," in the summer with co-star Courtney Love (see "Courtney Love Takes On 'Mars,' Bassist Search").

Cube has also inked a deal with HBO to produce a new TV series about the hip-hop music industry, "Be Careful What You Wish For" (see

"Ice Cube To Develop HBO Series").

Before heading to Hollywood for the big screen roles, Ice Cube is slated to head out on the road with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg for a joint tour tentatively set to begin on June 15 in San Diego.

This week, Ice Cube will perform at three "Cinco De Mayo Bomb 2000" shows, scheduled for May 4 in San Jose, California, May 6 in Phoenix, and May 7 in Bakersfield, California.