Young Jeezy’s acting debut in the Ice Cube and Mike Epps comedy, Janky Promoters, will bypass the big screen and make its way directly to DVD.
Details on the film’s DVD move landed online Monday (November 30) morning.
We were the first to break the news that the Weinsteins were pulling the plug on the completed Ice Cube and Mike Epps comedy Janky Promoters, and staying true to our reports, The Weinstein Company officially released the movie straight-to-DVD with no marketing, no media and no promotions last Tuesday (November 24). As time went on and the 3rd quarter of 2009 rolled around, our insiders report that The Weinstein Company had to make the decision to completely cut certain films from their slate and sell off the rights or distribute straight-to-DVD. In the case of Janky Promoters, it was decided that with the star power of Ice Cube behind it and it being a comedy which generally rent well, that they would go straight-to-DVD and take their chances with it as a Blockbuster exclusive. (Wooha News)
The film’s star, Mike Epps, recently talked with SOHH about the film being scrapped.
“That movie got dumped,” Epps revealed. “Yeah, you might catch it on DVD or something. It didn’t work. It was some studio issues. Studio issues, it didn’t work.” In addition to Janky Promoters, Epps also told SOHH he decided not to take part in the film Lottery Ticket with Ice Cube but did not explain why. (SOHH)
Recent reports suggested Ice Cube, who also stars in the film, was looking for distribution.
Earlier this year, Epps and Cube shot the movie Janky Promoters, which also stars Young Jeezy. The movie, which centers on two shifty music promoters, has yet to be released while Cube and company have been negotiating the comedy’s distribution. (MTV)
Details on the movie landed online in July 2008.
Rapper Young Jeezy will play the hip-hop artist at the center of writer-actor-producer Ice Cube’s forthcoming comedy Janky Promoters, about a pair of shady concert promoters in over their heads. Marcus Raboy (Friday After Next) is directing the Dimension Films comedy, which is already shooting, and Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez is producing. (The Hollywood Reporter)