A biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been developing long enough that Eddie Murphy was once considered for the lead role, but has since been hired to play the father of the iconic comic, who will instead be played by Mike Epps. The project finally seemed like it was on track to make it in front of cameras with Lee Daniels at the helm, but the filmmaker behind The Butler and Precious has now fallen away from the project, leaving it without a director.
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Posted on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Mike Epps was on a panel for the Television Critics Association on Saturday promoting his new ABC series Uncle Buck, a remake of the John Candy movie. After the panel, Epps spoke with reporters about the Richard Pryor biopic Lee Daniels is directing. He had a very specific account of how much classic standup we will see in the film.
“50% of the script is performances,” Epps said. “I can’t give it all up but a lot of his bits and routines that we are familiar with is what we’ll be seeing in the film.” Read More »
This past August, we learned that the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic was finally moving forward, with Mike Epps leading the film to be directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Dreamgirls scribe Bill Condon and Fox’s Empire collaborator Danny Strong.
And now the production has just gained a new cast member to play another iconic comedian. We have word that Tracy Morgan will be playing Redd Foxx, the stand-up comedian and star of the hit classic comedy series Sanford and Son. Find out how Foxx fits into the Pryor biopic below. Read More »
After kicking around development hell for years, The Weinstein Company is finally getting a biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor off the ground, and the cast has been finalized for production to begin in March.
As reported just over a year ago, Mike Epps will be taking the lead role as the late Richard Pryor, the man responsible for inspiring a whole new generation of comics and changing the face of stand-up comedy forever. In addition, some of the primary supporting cast has been confirmed and expanded as Eddie Murphy also joins the Richard Pryor biopic. Read More »
There is not a panel for the new Uncle Buck TV show at the Television Critics Association press tour, because ABC has not set an air date for the show. The show stars Mike Epps as Buck Russell, who moves in with his brother and sister in return for helping out around the house. This show is an update from the John Candy character seen in John Hughes’s movie, but ABC President of Entertainment Paul Lee said the show doesn’t spend a lot of time reintroducing Uncle Buck to audiences.
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Your TV schedule might look a lot like your DVD collection next season. ABC has just given a series order to Uncle Buck, adapted from the 1989 John Hughes comedy, while CBS is moving ahead with small-screen versions of Rush Hour and Limitless. More details on the Uncle Buck, Limitless, and Rush Hour TV shows after the jump. Read More »
Looks like the lead in the Richard Pryor biopic has gone to Mike Epps. Somehow, early on in the process, it looked like Nick Cannon was going to get the gig, and thus be enshrined in proximity to Pryor’s simply by virtue of proximity. But then Mike Epps came roaring up from the back of the pack with a screen test that was reportedly impossible to ignore. (He’d been attached to play Pryor in a previous version of this project.) So now we’ve got a Lee Daniels film about Richard Pryor, starring Mike Epps. That should be nuts. Read More »
From superheroes, to comedy and action, it’s all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read more about the following:
- Captain America: The First Avenger star Neal McDonough joins the cast of Red 2.
- Mike Epps will reprise his role from The Hangover in The Hangover Part III.
- Jonah Hill says a sequel to 21 Jump Street will shoot next Fall.
- Check out photos, videos and more hints from the set of Iron Man 3.
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Sparkle remakes the 1976 film of the same name that was a fictionalized story of a Motown girl group inspired by the Supremes. But the reason most people will be paying attention to the film now is that it features the final screen appearance of the late Whitney Huston. The singer plays mom to three sisters (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) who take to the stage to make their fortune as singers. It seems like Huston mostly plays a supporting role, with a few big scenes here and there, and the just-released trailer for Sparkle doesn’t try to make the film out to be hers alone.
Check it out below. Read More »