Eddie Murphy as Richard Pryor in Bill Condon's Biopic
by Alex Billington
February 26, 2009
Ah, Eddie Murphy, can someone please explain how he still has a career? As much as I hate the guy, his best performance in the last 10 years was as James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls, which, as we all know, got him an Oscar nomination (that I think he deserved). So in forming an opinion on this news that Murphy will be joining the Richard Pryor biopic called Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, I'm probably a bit more excited than I should be. The script was written by and the film is being directed by Bill Condon, the same director behind Dreamgirls and the same guy who got that Oscar performance out of him.
According to Entertainment Weekly, where this news comes from, Fox Searchlight is interested in picking up the project. Initially it was setup as a $30 million project, but the budget has since been pushed down to $25 million. No word on what exact elements of Pryor's life this will focus on, but we're sure it will lead right up to his death from multiple sclerosis in 2005. I'm really not sure why, but I've got a feeling this is one of the few Eddie Murphy projects that I'll actually enjoy in the end. Probably because Richard Pryor is one of the greatest comedians of all-time and telling his life story could only mean great things. Thoughts?