A biopic about the late great standup Richard Pryor has been in the works for nearly two decades now, and while the project has been dormant for the past few years, it looks like a Pryor biopic is once again in development. Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) is in talks to direct the movie, THR reports, and Marlon Wayans, Eddie Murphy, and Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan are being considered to star in it.
Wayans was attached to the part back in 2010 when director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) was going to direct it. Condon left the project to direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn and the movie's been stalled out [...]
"I was kind of surprised when I first heard about it. But I sat down with Steve Conrad, the writer-director, and he just kind of has a vision for it and was just really enthusiastic about it and he sold me and got me really, really excited about it … It's so early right now. I don't know what it'll be like or what it will yield."
-Emile Hirsch to THR about playing John Belushi in writer/director Steve Conrad's upcoming biopic on the late, great SNL alum.
NBC's announced miniseries about the life of Johnny Carson will only go forward if the Carson's family is on board with the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. NBC purchased the rights to the yet-to-be-published Carson biography Carson the Magnificent by Bill Zehme. The book was announced shortly after Carson's death in 2005, but after several postponements, no release date has even been set. Carson's nephew Jeff Sotzing, who runs the Johnny Carson Entertainment Group, says he won't give approval for the miniseries until he sees Zehme's book. And NBC, where Carson served as Tonight Show host from 1962 to 1992, is waiting for the family's blessing.
"We're not going to do this without [...]
A Sam Kinison biopic is on the way. Deadline reports that actor Josh Gad has been cast as Kinison in a movie to be directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Brüno). Rich Wilkes (xXX, Airheads) wrote the script, based on the book Brother Sam by the late comedian's sibling, Bill Kinison. The movie will start in the 1980s, picking up with Kinison's transition from pentecostal preacher to famous, filthy standup comedian. Producers are looking to cast actors and comedians in supporting and bit roles as public figures who played into Kinison's life, such as Howard Stern, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Oral Roberts, and Richard Pryor. The movie was [...]