Responding to the news that a big-screen version of Welcome Back, Kotter is in the works with Ice Cube in the title role and the locale switched to South Central L.A. Gabe Kaplan told Access Hollywood, "It's totally acceptable. I think it could work and I think [Ice Cube] is the perfect guy." Asked to flesh out the cast, Kaplan suggested "Snoop Dogg will play Horshack and Vanilla Ice would play Barbarino."