Dimension, Cube, Carter get 'Tough'


Dimension Films has pre-emptively purchased the comedy project "Tough Love" from writers Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson, with Ice Cube attached to star and Thomas Carter to direct.

Inspired by the life of former New England Patriots defensive back Tebucky Jones, the story centers on a tough-as-nails NFL player who realizes that his kids have become spoiled brats. In an effort to toughen them up, he forces them to spend their summer in the mean streets of Oakland, Calif., where he grew up. Along the way, he realizes that he also might have some things to learn.

Cube will produce with his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez, in addition to H2F Entertainment's Walter Hamada and Chris Fenton as well as Carter. Life rights initially were optioned by Jonathan Bogner, who also will produce.

Cube's next movie, "Are We Done Yet?" hits screens April 4. Cube, Alvarez and Dimension are developing a film adaptation of the 1970s television show "Welcome Back, Kotter."

Cube is repped by WMA, the Firm and attorney Matt Johnson.

Carter, repped by CAA, most recently directed "Coach Carter" for Paramount.

Allen and Wilson, repped by ICM and H2F, wrote "Four Christmases," which is set up at New Line.