Richard Pryor Biopic Loses Lee Daniels as Its Director
(via The Wrap)
The on-going saga of trying to get a Richard Pryor movie made continues.
For several reasons, a biopic on the life and times of legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been very difficult to make. Trying to find the right person to play Pryor, issues with who from Pryor’s life supports the story that’s being adapted, etc. have all slowed the process.
This latest attempt by The Weinstein Company to make a film about Pryor suffered another blow by losing award winning director Lee Daniels due to scheduling issues.
There’s no word on who will replace them, but we hope, whoever they are, that they’re found soon.
The Latest Shot at a Richard Pryor Biopic Set To Go Into Production in March
Really, it’s supposed to be happening this time.
The cast is set with Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson and Lee Daniels is at the helm and now the entire Richard Pryor biopic is finally set to go into production with The Weinstein Company in March of next year.
After all the years and accompanying problems of trying to do some sort of filmic retelling of any portion of Pryor’s life story, documentary or narrative, one can only hope that now it’s smooth sailing from here all the way to the theatrical release.
Looks Like Eddie Murphy Might Be Playing Richard Pryor’s Father in Upcoming Pryor Biopic
As it stands now, acclaimed director Lee Daniels might actually pull off doing a Richard Pryor biopic with Mike Epps starring as Pryor, Kate Hudson playing Jennifer Pryor, and Eddie Murphy, who idolized Pryor, playing Pryor’s father, LeRoy Pryor.
Currently, Eddie is in talks to play the role, but we’re glad to see that Eddie might be involved. Keep your fingers crossed that this attempt, out of the many attempts over the last several years, at Pryor movie actually sees the big screen.
So, Mike Epps Will Play Richard Pryor in the Latest Attempt at a Richard Pryor Biopic
Trying to adapt the biography of Richard Pryor into a big time biopic has been one of the more befuddling movies to make over the last several years, largely due to legal disputes. The role of Pryor has been recast several times with the likes of Marlon Wayons and Nick Cannon, but now the Lee Daniels helmed biopic now has Mike Epps cast as Pryor according to this tweet.
There is still a chance that version of a Richard biopic might hit a snag if legal action on the part of Richard Pryor Jr. also moves forward due to the involvement of Jennifer Lee, Pryor’s widow.
With all of this in mind, the making of this movie could almost be a movie in of itself.