Eddie Murphy Writing An Alien-Abduction, All-Black Ensemble Comedy
Eddie Murphy’s Rolling Stone interview, in which he revealed that Beverly Hills Cop 4 wasn’t happening, continues to dole out precious trivia bits about the comedian’s potential starring vehicles.
As Moviehole notes, Murphy signed on for this week’s Tower Heist when he thought it was going to be a predominantly African American cast. Chris Tucker and Chris Rock were going to appear alongside Murphy in what is being described as a black Ocean’s 11, which obviously didn’t happen. But Murphy isn’t giving up on the idea of a largely black comedy, and says a project he’s eyeing could have extraterrestrial roots.
“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,” Murphy tells RS. Which sounds like it has a ton of potential, particularly if, as Murphy has indicated, this is a step back towards the days of the bawdy, adult-oriented comedy the all-star used to try in films like Coming to America or Harlem Nights.
However, it should be noted that Murphy has attempted “alien” material before, and the results were less than stellar. Pluto Nash? Meet Dave? Both are forgettable comedies, to say the least. And Murphy’s writing credits include Norbit, Vampire In Brooklyn, Boomerang, and Another 48 Hours. Not his classics. We’re waiting to see if Murphy’s turning a corner and entering a career renaissance. Will something with the word “Wack-Ass” get him there?
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