Ice Cube To Film "Stoop"

Add another film to Ice Cube's list of upcoming projects.

The rapper-actor's Cube Vision has hooked up Endangered Species Pictures and The Firm, the management company that handles the careers of Korn, Limp Bizkit, the Backstreet Boys and Cube himself, to produce "Stoop," according to "The Hollywood Reporter."

"Stoop," a low budget indie feature, will be an East Coast based comedy in the vein of Cube's "Friday."

The film is the first project set up under Endangered Species Pictures, an urban entertainment company formed in September to finance three to five low budget films ($3 million to $5 million) annually. Cube recently supplemented this deal by inking a second-look deal with Artisan Entertainment (see "Ice Cube Inks Deal With Artisan").

"Stoop," budgeted in the $1 million range, will be the feature-writing and directing debut of Jean Claude La Marre, an actor who has appeared in "Basquiat" and "Dead

Presidents." The film is expected to begin production in Brooklyn early next year.

Cube's next film project, "Next Friday," is scheduled to open in theaters on December 25 (see "Ice Cube Taps Wu-Tang, Eminem, Others For 'Next Friday' Soundtrack"). A month later, on January 25, he will release his next album, "War & Peace Volume 2: The Peace Disc" (see "Ice Cube Talks About That 'Puffy Magic'").