Actor Eddie Murphy has reportedly signed on to play the late comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic about his life.
According to AOL’s BlackVoices, the actor has finally agreed to take on the role after several meetings and delays, playing the legendary comedian in a new script written by director Bill Condon.
The film will be titled “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” and the Fox Searchlight studio is rumored to be putting it in theaters.
Director Condon reportedly had the Pryor biopic set up through the The Weinstein Company, but was able to pull it out when the indie outfit put it into turnaround. AOL reports that the director hoped to secure $30 million to produce the film, but that figure is said to have dropped to $25 million.
If you are a fan of Eddie Murphy early stand-up routines, then you know he has done Pryor impersonations several times, including a part of his act in the 1987 concert movie “Raw.”
Condon most recent project was the highly successful “Dreamgirls.”
Murphy was rumored to be up against comedians Mike Epps and Eddie Griffin, who were also looking to do biopics on Pryor.