Ice Cube's Welcome Back, Kotter Waiting On Weinsteins
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We're talking, naturally, about Welcome Back, Kotter. It makes all kinds of sense -- Cube's already rocking the Gabe Kaplan 'fro -- and, as Cube tells MTV Movies, he knows just how he wants to bring the '70s sitcom into 21st-century cineplexes:
"The names will be saved, don't worry about it. Everybody will have the same name. To me, it's still a comedy, but it's real. It's more of a 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High,' not so much 'Up your nose with a rubber hose.' How could I do [the movie] remotely like the series? They're still Sweathogs, the people that nobody wants to teach."
Cube's Kotter has a script in place -- written by The Hot Chick's Tom Brady -- but what with the strike and all...well, you know. Asked about the film's current prospects, Cube tells MTV to "ask the Weinsteins" -- which might not be a bad idea, seeing as how the Weinsteins are two of the only film moguls in town with the ability to hire union writers.
Oh, and don't worry, original Kotter fans -- Cube was a fan of the show. Matter of fact, he wants to reunite the original cast for old times' sake:
"I want everybody. I want Travolta for a cameo, I want Gabe Kaplan for a cameo. I want Epstein, Horshack, Washington. If they do [make the movie], I want 'em in."
Source: MTV Movies