Good News for Barbershop: The Next Cut fans. The man who tried to sue the filmmaker, JD Lawrence had to back off.
Lawrence filed a $26M lawsuit against production houses Warner Bros and Showtime for allegedly striking similarities to his play Scissors. ANN earlier reported, “The plots, characters and events of the play, he said, appear to be same as those of Barbershop: The Next Cut. ”
“We are pleased the judge saw through this thinly-veiled attempt to extort the companies that have invested over 14 years and millions of dollars to bring the beloved ‘Barbershop’ franchise to audiences worldwide,” a representative for Warner Bros and MGM (distributors for Next Cut) told TMZ.
Barbershop: The Next Cut releases today, but has already got a number of positive reviews. It revolves around the efforts of workers to reduce mass violence in Chicago. IGN points out, however, that the film lacks depth, though it is a more adult version of the earlier film. The Guardian, meanwhile, states that “The gimmick of iambic pentameter is missing, but considering the voices of the barbershop work as a built-in Greek chorus, there’s more than enough theatricality.” Kansas City reports the film manages to spread its message to the audience without being “heavy-handed.”
The cast of the movie Barbershop: The Next Cut includes Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Eve, J. B. Smoove, Lamorne Morris, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tyga, Deon Cole, Common(Oscar Winner), Nicki Minaj, and Anthony Anderson. The comedy is an hour and 52 minutes long. It is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and is a sequel to the 2004 film Barbershop 2.