'Celebrity Deathmatch' To Make Comeback With Ice Cube As Co-Producer
Ice Cube is taking on a new project that once saw acclaim and success in the late '90s. According to Variety, Celebrity Deathmatch will be reimagined by the rapper/actor/executive for a weekly output on SVOD. There's also a possibility of a network placement for 2019.
Once an MTV staple, Celebrity Deathmatch paired animated renditions of famous entertainers from sports to music to politics. The stop-motion series showcased battles between Mariah Carey against Jim Carrey, Spike Lee versus Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jackson against Madonna, and more. Ice Cube was also a character on the show during his episode with Ice T.
In a statement published by Variety, the "It Was A Good Day" rapper shared his elation behind the new venture. "Happy to once again be working with Viacom and MTV on a fan favorite like Celebrity Deathmatch and to continue our success together," he said. The show was first created by Eric Fogel, then helmed by Andrew Horne and Jack Fletcher when it returned to airwaves for a brief period in 2006. Fogel is expected to resume his position as an executive producer.
President of MTV as well as CMT and VH1, Chris McCarthy, said the show will also promote a new direction. "We're excited to grow our partnership with Ice Cube and Cube Vision to reimagine this fan favorite. Deathmatch was the meme before memes, remains a hot topic on social media and will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today's pop culture where it belongs — in the wrestling ring."
Details are still forthcoming.