"For a minute there, it looked as if Eddie Murphy’s career might have a trampoline off which it could rebound. Murphy was tapped as the lead in a Richard Pryor biopic (Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said) and while that would have been way on-the-nose casting (Murphy has never been shy about noting the debt his early act owed to Pryor) it might have rescued Murphy’s rep from the pit of [crap] in which he’s kept it penned for years. But Murphy dropped out of the pic, and now Marlon Wayans is in ‘advanced talks’ to take the role for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions version of Pryor’s life.
Entertainment Weekly reports on the deal, and says that the clincher was a 13-minute screen test in which 'he transforms into Pryor'. The $20m Pryor picture would cover the most high-profile issues in the comedian’s life, notably his raucous stage act and frequently public drug use. Chris Rock and Mark Gordon are producing with Pryor’s widow; hopefully her involvement will keep the thing on track. Bill Condon is directing. Condon, of course, is the last guy to get a good performance out of Eddie Murphy, in Dreamgirls, which is likely how he ended up a part of the Pryor project in the first place."
I still have my doubts. I'll wait to see G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra to see how cool he would be as Richard Pryor (forgetting Superman III althogether hopefully).