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 »
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Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
It’s amazing to think that the director of the last Twilight movies, Bill Condon, almost made the Richard Pryor biopic that various people in Hollywood have tried to make for a couple decades. (And with a Wayans in the lead, no less.) OK, sure, Condon felt strongly about the project, and also made Dreamgirls. And his choice of leading man, Marlon Wayans, has occasionally proven that he’s able to go deep into character. (As in Requiem for a Dream.)
But still, the idea of that duo making a Richard Pryor film produced out of Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison shingle seemed like a less than ideal way to honor the groundbreaking comedian. That version slowed to a crawl when Condon took on Twilight, however, opening the door for someone else to take over. Now Forest Whitaker will produce the film.
Posted on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988’s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.
Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 by Russ Fischer
For a minute there, it looked as if Eddie Murphy‘s career might have a trampoline off which it could rebound. Murphy was tapped as the lead in a Richard Pryor biopic (Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said) and while that would have been waaay on-the-nose casting (Murphy has never been shy about noting the debt his early act owed to Pryor) it might have rescued Murphy’s rep from the pit of shit in which he’s kept it penned for years. But Murphy dropped out of the pic, and now Marlon Wayans is in ‘advanced talks’ to take the role for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. version of Pryor’s life. Read More »
Last week it was reported that Eddie Murphy had been cast as Richard Pryor in the Bill Condon-produced biopic of the famous comedian. What will Eddie Murphy’s Pryor sound like? OWF points us to a video clip from the classic 1988 Raw comedy special (which we haven’t seen in quite a few years) which features Murphy doing an impression of Pryor. Check out the clip embedded after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
Bill Condon had his biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? in development at The Weinstein Company, but they put it into turnaround so now Condon has attached Eddie Murphy as star and gone out to court the studios for a new deal. Condon previously threatened to relaunch Murphy’s acting career (as in actual acting) with his Oscar nominated part in Dreamgirls – this was ultimately an idle threat, as it happens, but perhaps they’ll follow through this time.
According to Nicole Sperling at EW, Fox Searchlight are definitely interested in the Pryor project though they have (zzz zzz zzz) refused to comment officially. By this time tomorrow we’ll know more, I’m sure.
There’s one particular story about Pryor that I’d absolutely love to see in the film, though it sadly doesn’t seem entirely likely… let me tell you the tale now, anyway…