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RICHARD PRYOR Biopic moving forward, ARTHUR Remake gets a writer, More JASON on the way and 24 Better than ever

harlem-nights-poster-1According to Hitfix, Fox Searchlight will finance Bill Condon’s (Dreamgirls) $25 million biopic based on the life of Richard Pryor with Eddie Murphy playing the late great comic. The film will be titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Murphy will forgo his usual salary to play his childhood idol who he worked with in the 1989 comedy, Harlem Nights. There’s a ton of potential for something really special here, and it gives Murphy a legitimate vehicle to shine in once again. Pryor’s life was complicated and not always pretty, he was married four times and had many personal demons so there are a lot of layers to his story.

According to Variety, Peter Baynham (co-writer of Borat) has been hired to pen a script for their remake of the 1981 classic comedy, “Arthur”, which starred Dudley Moore as lush millionaire playboy Arthur Bach. This new incarnation, a starring vehicle for Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), has the potential to be a funny film, but this is Arthur were talking about. As far as I’m concerned, this will always be Dudley’s Moore’s character and nothing can replace that. It’s almost sacrilegious to redo it and one remake, I cringe thinking about.

New Line Cinema and Platinum Dunes reboot of “Friday the 13th” continues to prove the horror genre is front-end loaded, suffering an 80% box-office dropoff its record breaking opening weekend. While the $55,119,663 gross in its first ten days is still an impressive feat for this newest Jason film (which had a $20 million dollar budget), the movie is on target for a pretty quick fade from multiplexes. Still this will go down as a profitable affair for the studio and, as I write this, a sequel is being planned. As long as the budget stays in check, Jason could continue to be around for many years to come.

As a fan of Fox’s “24”, I couldn’t be more pleased with this season so far – the show is as good as it’s ever been. I find myself elated when each episode ends and can’t wait to see the next one. That is a testament to great television. I’m hard pressed to understand why there are a few naysayers out there. I couldn’t be more satisfied.


February 28, 2009 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. My fingers are beyond tightly crossed for Eddie in the Pryor biopic. I have been pulling for him for years, hoping he can return to his Delirious-like roots. I hope this capitalizes on an opportunity.
    The Rake

    Comment by thebsk | March 5, 2009 | Reply

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