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Eddie Murphy to Star in Richard Pryor Biopic

Feb. 27 2009, Published 3:03 p.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash News Online) This sounds good.

Oscar nominated actor/comedian Eddie Murphy is slated to star as Richard Pryor in an upcoming film about the legendary comic who battled drugs and M.S. Writer/Director Bill Condon is shopping his script entitled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? to the studio subsidiaries and independent distributors around town, according to

Fox Searchlight, the studio behind this year's big Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, is reportedly interested in the film which has a $25 million dollar budget.

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Murphy seems a perfect for the film. He's featured Pryor impersonations in his act as far back as the 1987 concert movie Raw.

Condon , who wrote and directed Dreamgirls, most recently served as producer for the 2009 Academy Awards.


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