Eddie Murphy Joins Ben Stiller for Brett Ratner's 'Tower Heist'
Just last week we found out that Alan Alda would be playing a Bernie Madoff type villain in Brett Ratner's long gestating action comedy Tower Heist from Universal Pictures. Now Deadline is reporting Eddie Murphy is also joining the cast. Apparently he had been mentioned for the project back when it was still called Trump Heist and was supposed to feature a predominantly African-American cast. Instead the story simply follows a variety of operations and maintenance workers attempting to rip off the Wall Street crook (Alda) who lifted their pension funds to maintain his luxurious lifestyle in a spectacular Manhattan high-rise.
The combination of workers (including Murphy and Stiller) join together and use their combined knowledge of the building to pull off their heist. Since Muprhy hasn't made a decent live-action comedy in forever, it'd be nice to see him return to form with a film like this. He's got a lot to make up for though considering his track record outside of the Shrek franchise for the past decade, but a return to his glory in films like Trading Places and Coming to America would be nice. Since the project has been changed and rewritten so many times (with the most recent revision by Catch Me If You Can writer Jeff Nathanson) it's already on shaky ground. What do you guys think?