Everyone has their favorite version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, namely because so many exist. Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey recently tried their hand, Michael Caine and the Muppets gave it a go decades ago, Bill Murray offered up a manic, horrific twist toward the late ’80s, hell, even the very late Thomas Edison jumped in on the action way, way back in 1908.
It’s graced television (The X-Files, no kidding), it’s been animated (Mickey, ahem), it’s hit Broadway (Oh, Alan Menken!), radio plays, graphic novels, public readings, parodies, you name it, it’s been done. Finally, though, it’s getting the adaptation it deserves and we should all be so lucky to witness this brilliant production a couple of holidays from now.
As Deadline reports, Ice Cube will play Scrooge in the forthcoming Humbug for Universal. A modern twist, you say? Of course. The ol’ Ebenezer will now be “a wealthy real estate mogul,” who is “shown a path to redemption by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.” If we don’t get a Christmas hip-hop jam out of this, so help me god, Santa.
Because Ride Along was such a massive hit ($153 mil against a $25 mil budget), Universal’s reuniting Cube alongside director Tim Story. Cube will play the part well, too, as he’s poised to crack the eight-figure salary mark by the time this adaptation hits production. And they say Dre was the businessman out of N.W.A., right?
There’s no other casting confirmed yet, but here’s hoping Kevin Hart plays a rambunctious Bob Cratchit. Don’t laugh: After all, he stars alongside Cube this coming January in Story’s Ride Along sequel. It’s going to happen, people.