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Scribe Smith ushers in 2 pic projects

Ice Cube to star in 'Pimp'

HOLLYWOOD — Scribe Bobby Smith Jr. (“Jason’s Lyric”) has signed on for two projects: He’ll write a musical drama from a pitch as a potential starring vehicle for recording artist Usher Raymond at Miramax’s Dimension Films, and he’ll adapt the autobiography “Pimp” for Fine Line Features.

No. 1 with a bullet for Smith is “Pimp.” Pic’s on a fast track for a fall production start with Ice Cube in the starring role of ghetto pimp Iceberg Slim. Bill Duke will direct “Pimp,” which will be produced through Quincy Jones Entertainment and Cube’s Cubevision.

Project has been in development at Fine Line for two years. Rob Weiss and Bruce Rubenstein penned an earlier draft of the screenplay.

Tuning musical

Smith received a mid-six-figure deal for his untitled Usher pitch, which follows a singer’s trials and tribulations on the road to stardom. Dimension president Cary Granat and Miramax senior production veep Jill Messick bought the pitch.

Smith was repped by Evan Hainey at Edmonds Management and attorney Nina Shaw in both deals, with Paradigm’s Mark Ross also handling Smith on “Pimp.”

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