According to Entertainment Weekly, writer/director Bill Condon (screenwriter of Chicago, writer/director of Dreamgirls) is shopping around his newest script, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? The magazine notes that Eddie Murphy, who has included Pryor impressions in his act for years, would be a natural fit for portraying Pryor in the biopic. This would reunite Condon and Murphy after Dreamgirls earned Murphy much award recognition.
Murphy has credited Pryor as his inspiration for becoming a comedian, though apparently Pryor wrote in his autobiography that he found Murphy's comedy to sometimes be too insensitive.
Another interesting aspect of this news is that Fox Searchlight — a studio that has been positively on fire the past few years, putting out award-grabbing films like Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire — is interested in the film. Perhaps we have a future Oscar darling on our hands with this biopic? Do you think Murphy could — or should — play Richard Pryor?