O.J. Simpson could be paroled from prison this Monday, which begs the question, what’s the first thing Simpson might do once he’s no longer behind bars? Well, a hot new spec script dares to answer that question with one doozy of a premise.
Jeff Portnoy at Bellevue Productions is shopping an action-comedy spec by Jimmy Tsai titled CUBA GOODING JR. MUST DIE!: AN O.J. SIMPSON STORY. Ripped from the headlines, it’s exactly what you might imagine. Check out this wild logline:
After being released from prison on parole, O.J. Simpson sets out on an obsessive quest to avenge Cuba Gooding Jr. for exploiting his image.
There aren’t any elements attached yet, but this would certainly be a “fun,” quirky way of tackling the Simpson saga on the big screen. Cuba Gooding Jr. Must Die comes on the heels of the Oscar-winning actor’s turn as Simpson in the acclaimed FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. ESPN also aired Ezra Edelman’s brilliant 7.5-hour documentary O.J.: Made in America, which won an Oscar despite its lengthy runtime.
Tsai is best known for writing, co-producing and starring in the indie movie Ping Pong Playa, which was released by IFC Films. He was also a fellow in the Fox Television Writers Program. Tsai is represented by Bellevue’s Portnoy.
I don’t know if Cuba Gooding Jr. has anything to say about this, but I’ll let you know if I hear from him. In the meantime, stay tuned to the Tracking Board, as this spec will certainly have people talking this week, especially if the Juice does in fact get loose.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief