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Eddie Murphy writing an alien comedy to star in, wants Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and others to join

Oct. 31, 2011by:

If you'll recall, TOWER HEIST was to originally be a sort of "black OCEAN'S ELEVEN", a film that Eddie Murphy was very gung-ho about bringing to the big screen and that would've featured a who's who cast of black comedians. Then a bunch of honkeys like Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick got involved and Murphy wound up becoming the sole black star of the film.

But an ensemble of black funnymen headed by Murphy may still be in our future. Here's an excerpt of an interview he gave this month to Rolling Stone:

"I still want to do something like that," Murphy says, adding that he had Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Tracey Morgan and Martin Lawrence all lined up for that first incarnation of TOWER HEIST. "I have this idea called JAMAL AND TYRELL AND OMAR AND BRICK AND MICHAEL'S WACK-ASS WEEKEND about this group of guys who get abducted by aliens on the way to the fights. I'm writing that now."

If Murphy can bring Dave Chappelle back among the living and actually make that the film's official title, then I will be SO on board with this. Hey, what can I say? I still think Murphy's got another great one in him.

TOWER HEIST (which I hear isn't terrible) opens November 4th.
Source: Moviehole

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11:20PM on 11/01/2011

i seen "DAVE"

and i wasnt impressed... of course I actually saw DAVE... i havent seen a single frame to hate on this idea... bring it.
and i wasnt impressed... of course I actually saw DAVE... i havent seen a single frame to hate on this idea... bring it.
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2:26PM on 11/01/2011
I remember the last time Chappelle and Murphy were in a movie together: The Nutty Professor. ...Very funny!... "Women be shoppin', women be shoppin'"
I remember the last time Chappelle and Murphy were in a movie together: The Nutty Professor. ...Very funny!... "Women be shoppin', women be shoppin'"
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9:29AM on 11/01/2011

2nd time around

I still enjoy the shit out of Harlem Knights, hopefully he can do it again.
I still enjoy the shit out of Harlem Knights, hopefully he can do it again.
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5:52AM on 11/01/2011

lose the title Eddie, cause it's too long and confusing!

It sounds pretty cool. I hope Chappelle is down cause that would be AWESOME!
It sounds pretty cool. I hope Chappelle is down cause that would be AWESOME!
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4:04AM on 11/01/2011
I've always wanted a sequel and/or reboot of Pluto Nash.
I've always wanted a sequel and/or reboot of Pluto Nash.
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12:25AM on 11/01/2011
Eddie Murphy's "comedies" may have been shit for quite a long time now, but that idea and cast just kind of sounds like all sorts of awesome. I could probably watch 2 hours of Murphy and Chappelle by themselves yelling at each other if it were uncensored, not kiddy, and didn't involve fat suits though.
Eddie Murphy's "comedies" may have been shit for quite a long time now, but that idea and cast just kind of sounds like all sorts of awesome. I could probably watch 2 hours of Murphy and Chappelle by themselves yelling at each other if it were uncensored, not kiddy, and didn't involve fat suits though.
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4:52PM on 10/31/2011
This is the best idea he's had since the 80's! And if you can replace Rock with Kevin Hart then fuck comedy "gold", this would be comedy PLATINUM!
This is the best idea he's had since the 80's! And if you can replace Rock with Kevin Hart then fuck comedy "gold", this would be comedy PLATINUM!
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12:25AM on 11/01/2011
Kevin Hart may be the least funny person in the world.
Kevin Hart may be the least funny person in the world.
8:00AM on 11/01/2011
In movies yes he is unbearable most of the time in stuff like Scary Movie 7 or whatever they're on these days but his stand up is golden.
In movies yes he is unbearable most of the time in stuff like Scary Movie 7 or whatever they're on these days but his stand up is golden.
11:56AM on 10/31/2011

Meh

Could be alright or could be lame, what id really flip for is Murphy returning to stand-up, its just a rumor but itd be great its true
Could be alright or could be lame, what id really flip for is Murphy returning to stand-up, its just a rumor but itd be great its true
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11:49AM on 10/31/2011
I mean if it wasnt for harold and kumar i'd be all for the title, but still think the concept is funny and good for eddie, there is something oddly fascinating about this guy
I mean if it wasnt for harold and kumar i'd be all for the title, but still think the concept is funny and good for eddie, there is something oddly fascinating about this guy
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11:34AM on 10/31/2011
Make it an R and let these guys have script input and the ability to ad lib. Considering the pedigree of the project, this could be the best comedy in years. When's the last time we got to see any of these guys truly let loose other than on the stage?
Make it an R and let these guys have script input and the ability to ad lib. Considering the pedigree of the project, this could be the best comedy in years. When's the last time we got to see any of these guys truly let loose other than on the stage?
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11:03AM on 10/31/2011
They need to keep the title. I hope Murphy goes for an R Rating; him, Chappelle, and Rock are truly at their best when the material lets them push the limits.
They need to keep the title. I hope Murphy goes for an R Rating; him, Chappelle, and Rock are truly at their best when the material lets them push the limits.
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10:33AM on 10/31/2011
If the cast and title stays, I'm in! These guys need a career boost!
If the cast and title stays, I'm in! These guys need a career boost!
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5:54AM on 11/01/2011
in my opinion the title is way too long and confusing, but the idea is cool!
in my opinion the title is way too long and confusing, but the idea is cool!
9:56AM on 10/31/2011
For what it's worth, Tower Heist has Gabourey Sidibe, too.

I like the title, and if I knew nothing else about it, I might believe in this movie. But never mind what he stand-up acts were (or even that "The Nutty Professor" had some genuine laughs in it), Eddie Murphy and writing...I have serious doubts about that. Maybe if he kept it R-rated, but that only gets them so far.

I am curious what Chappelle would be like these days. The rumor I actually believe is that he quit his show after
For what it's worth, Tower Heist has Gabourey Sidibe, too.

I like the title, and if I knew nothing else about it, I might believe in this movie. But never mind what he stand-up acts were (or even that "The Nutty Professor" had some genuine laughs in it), Eddie Murphy and writing...I have serious doubts about that. Maybe if he kept it R-rated, but that only gets them so far.

I am curious what Chappelle would be like these days. The rumor I actually believe is that he quit his show after deciding he was reinforcing bad stereotypes all too well (I still think that show is funny as hell). But in the Age of Obama, I wonder how some of his shtik might have changed.
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9:51AM on 10/31/2011

Laughing my a@@ off!

"then a bunch of honkeys"! I'm on the floor laughing my ass off right now.
"then a bunch of honkeys"! I'm on the floor laughing my ass off right now.
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9:06AM on 10/31/2011
Get Chappelle to co-write and I'm in.
Get Chappelle to co-write and I'm in.
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8:31AM on 10/31/2011

Honestly, this will probably suck.

I foresee yet another forgettable and mediocre black comedy where the cast has to point out their race every 30 seconds. "HEY EVERYONE LOOK AT HOW WE BLACK PEOPLE DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION AND HOW IT DIFFERS FROM HOW WHITE PEOPLE WOULD DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION. DON'T WORRY, THERE WILL BE SOME PLOT HERE AND THERE." Seriously. And besides, when was the last time any of these guys did anything that was funny?
I foresee yet another forgettable and mediocre black comedy where the cast has to point out their race every 30 seconds. "HEY EVERYONE LOOK AT HOW WE BLACK PEOPLE DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION AND HOW IT DIFFERS FROM HOW WHITE PEOPLE WOULD DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION. DON'T WORRY, THERE WILL BE SOME PLOT HERE AND THERE." Seriously. And besides, when was the last time any of these guys did anything that was funny?
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11:37AM on 10/31/2011
This ain't a Wayans brother flick fella. Considering 3 of those dudes are probably in the top 10 of BEST COMEDIANS EVER, I'd say they'd rise to the occasion and deliver some gold.
This ain't a Wayans brother flick fella. Considering 3 of those dudes are probably in the top 10 of BEST COMEDIANS EVER, I'd say they'd rise to the occasion and deliver some gold.
1:50PM on 10/31/2011
It's not just the Wayans brothers that pull out the "White people are different than Black people" material. It's been the bread and butter for 75% of Black comedians over the years. It's no different than women comedians talking about their periods, or how stupid their husbands are. It's about as base as comedy gets, and it's fucking tired and played out. You watch, that's mostly what this movie will be, and it will probably end up being mediocre as a result.

BTW, if you think Rock and
It's not just the Wayans brothers that pull out the "White people are different than Black people" material. It's been the bread and butter for 75% of Black comedians over the years. It's no different than women comedians talking about their periods, or how stupid their husbands are. It's about as base as comedy gets, and it's fucking tired and played out. You watch, that's mostly what this movie will be, and it will probably end up being mediocre as a result.

BTW, if you think Rock and Chappelle are in the fucking top 10 of all time, you really need to do some homework.
10:11PM on 11/01/2011
Wow, condescend much. As little as you may think of Chappelle, I don't think he's gonna be coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to be in an ensemble minstrel show. Murphy obviously wants to redeem himself if he's attempting to assemble a superteam of this magnitude.

BTW, if you don't think Chapelle is a top 10 comedian, you need to come out from under that rock you've been living the past 15 years and recognize. Nobody around today can even touch him.
Wow, condescend much. As little as you may think of Chappelle, I don't think he's gonna be coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to be in an ensemble minstrel show. Murphy obviously wants to redeem himself if he's attempting to assemble a superteam of this magnitude.

BTW, if you don't think Chapelle is a top 10 comedian, you need to come out from under that rock you've been living the past 15 years and recognize. Nobody around today can even touch him.
8:29AM on 10/31/2011

I will always give Murphy another chance

But I am seeing Tower Heist, not for Murphy, but for Alda and Broderick...
But I am seeing Tower Heist, not for Murphy, but for Alda and Broderick...
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8:25AM on 10/31/2011
Blaxpendables.
Blaxpendables.
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9:41AM on 10/31/2011
If with other casts, I'd probably watch it.
If with other casts, I'd probably watch it.
8:10AM on 10/31/2011
Am I the only person who remembers that Gabourey Sidibe is also in 'Tower Heist?' ...apparently so. How about that. So much for "Murphy ... becoming the sole black star of the film." ;)

That said, no idea what to expect from the rest of this new film he's throwing together.
Am I the only person who remembers that Gabourey Sidibe is also in 'Tower Heist?' ...apparently so. How about that. So much for "Murphy ... becoming the sole black star of the film." ;)

That said, no idea what to expect from the rest of this new film he's throwing together.
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7:58AM on 10/31/2011
None of these people are funny anymore. Maybe Dave Chappelle still is but for some reason he refuses to actually do anything.
None of these people are funny anymore. Maybe Dave Chappelle still is but for some reason he refuses to actually do anything.
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7:29AM on 10/31/2011
Nice idea but the title? Way to complicated. How about something simple like: "Black Attack - We were funny...once!"
Nice idea but the title? Way to complicated. How about something simple like: "Black Attack - We were funny...once!"
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6:19AM on 10/31/2011
Call me when it's R. You don't put these three raunchy geniuses in a PG-13 movie and expect me to care.
Call me when it's R. You don't put these three raunchy geniuses in a PG-13 movie and expect me to care.
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