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Forest Whitaker to produce the long in development Richard Pryor biopic

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The long in development biopic of the legendary comedian Richard Pryor has switched producers yet again. The most recent news regarding the film was that director Bill Condon was going to helm the film with Marlon Wayans in the lead role as Pryor. But, maybe after seeing the monstrosity that was BREAKING DAWN the producers got cold feet. That version was to have been produced by Adam Sandler.

According to Deadline, Forest Whitaker has taken over producing duties on the film and will be developing a new screenplay with input from Pryor's widow, Jennifer. This continues a long string of projects that have included everyone from Martin Scorsese to Eddie Griffin.

Pryor is regarded as one of the best stand up comedians of all time as well as an influential film actor. While he was never quite an Oscar winner, Pryor made a lasting impact in several movies, many of which featured his friend Gene Wilder. My personal favorite is SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL which makes me crack up every time I see it.

There are many actors who would like to play the legendary Pryor, but Deadline theorizes that Michael B. Jordan, who starred in the Whitaker produced FRUITVALE, would be an interesting candidate. Whoever takes the role needs to be a good actor and not just a good impersonation. Pryor's life was full of accusations of domestic abuse against several wives as well as the infamous freebasing incident in 1980. This project has the potential to be one of the better biopics in recent memory, but after 20 years of false starts, I won't hold my breath.

Source: Deadline

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12:21AM on 03/29/2013
I hope this comes to fruition and is handled well. He is still one of my favorite comedians to watch or listen to. I used to work with his son, Richard Pryor, JR. and man does he look like his dad!
I hope this comes to fruition and is handled well. He is still one of my favorite comedians to watch or listen to. I used to work with his son, Richard Pryor, JR. and man does he look like his dad!
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11:52PM on 03/28/2013
Richard Pryor was hilarious indeed but IMO the best comic of all time goes to George Carlin, even his stand up holds up well today, no joke will ever top the 7 most dirty words ever.
Richard Pryor was hilarious indeed but IMO the best comic of all time goes to George Carlin, even his stand up holds up well today, no joke will ever top the 7 most dirty words ever.
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6:28PM on 03/28/2013

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling

Perhaps, watch Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling from 1986 if you need a good Richard Pryor biopic to tide you over until this new biopic is ready. Jo Jo Dancer stars Pryor playing a character very, very similar to himself. I have always liked the movie over the years.
Perhaps, watch Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling from 1986 if you need a good Richard Pryor biopic to tide you over until this new biopic is ready. Jo Jo Dancer stars Pryor playing a character very, very similar to himself. I have always liked the movie over the years.
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6:23PM on 03/28/2013
Give it to Downey Jr!
Give it to Downey Jr!
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5:12PM on 03/28/2013

MARLON WAYANS!

i could see it. his dramatic chops were pretty good in Requiem... this could be his chance to pull a Jamie Foxx.
i could see it. his dramatic chops were pretty good in Requiem... this could be his chance to pull a Jamie Foxx.
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9:02PM on 03/28/2013
No way. He sucks. White Chick and Little Man anyone?
No way. He sucks. White Chick and Little Man anyone?
4:18PM on 03/28/2013
I'd like to see Jay Pharaoh take on the role
I'd like to see Jay Pharaoh take on the role
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5:11PM on 03/28/2013
"Whoever takes the role needs to be a good actor and not just a good impersonation."
"Whoever takes the role needs to be a good actor and not just a good impersonation."
5:11PM on 03/28/2013
"Whoever takes the role needs to be a good actor and not just a good impersonation."
"Whoever takes the role needs to be a good actor and not just a good impersonation."
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