LATEST: How Stella Got Her Groove Back director KEVIN SULLIVAN has accepted the task to helm the Barbershop sequel after the original film-maker walked away from the project.

Sullivan will replace Tim Story, who rejected directing BARBERSHOP 2 earlier this month (APR03), to helm the upcoming comedy DATE STORY.

Production on Barbershop 2, starring Ice Cube, Eve and CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, is expected to begin in July (03), with a release towards the end of the year (03).