It’s official: BARBERSHOP 3 is happening. Bob Teitel and George Tillman are getting the band back together, they’ve signed on one of the most coveted African-American directors in the country and deals with Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer look to be right around the corner.

Deadline has reported that MGM is hiring THE BEST MAN franchise director Malcolm D. Lee to direct BARBERSHOP 3. Lee’s stock is at an all-time high following the box office success of THE BEST MAN and THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, with THE BEST MAN WEDDING now slated for 2016; the franchise stars Taye Diggs, Nia Long and everyone’s favorite Chicagoan, Terrence Howard, star of Fox mega-hit EMPIRE. With Ice Cube’s Cube Vision producing BARBERSHOP 3, it seems fairly certain that he’ll be back onboard as “Calvin” and multiple reports suggest Cedric the Entertainer is nearing a deal quickly. As for Queen Latifah, she is apparently being courted but no final word either way on her just yet.

The first two South Side comedies were solid hits, with the first earning strong reviews and grossing $77 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. The 2004 sequel BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS grossed $65 million domestic and spurred a Showtime TV series and the Queen Latifah feature spinoff BEAUTY SHOP.

The original BARBERSHOP feature was built around “a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago.” Calvin (Ice Cube), who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy. Ultimately he comes around, gets the store back, and learns a lesson about the importance of community.

More details coming soon… as always, I’ll keep you posted!

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at