Ice Cube warms to deal that returns him to CAA

Thesp/producer's upcoming pix include 'Clash,' 'Willie'

Ice Cube has signed with Creative Artists Agency again.

The rapper-turned-film multihyphenate had been without agency representation since November.

Through his production entity Cube Vision, run with partner Matt Alvarez, Cube now has three pics at Revolution Studios that he will topline and produce: actioner “Clash,” road-trip comedy “Are We There Yet?” and drama “Willie,” the last of which will likely be the first to lense.

Meanwhile, Cube, known to his mother as O’Shea Jackson, also has signed on for a sequel to MGM’s crossover hit “Barbershop”; it starts production in late June.

Cube had departed CAA in the wake of the October “Villagate” fracas: His CAA agent at the time, Michael Gruber, had sought a finder’s fee for securing a Italian villa for another of his clients, George Clooney. Though the fee was discussed with and disclosed to Clooney, and ultimately was not received, Gruber still resigned over the incident.

Three weeks later, Cube discharged CAA on the heels of another client’s departure: Helmer Steve Carr, also repped by Gruber, had been Cube’s director on the laffer “Next Friday” (Daily Variety, Nov. 7).

Unlike Carr, however, Cube did not sign with another agency. Until now, he had been repped solely by management company the Firm.

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