Marlon Wayans has nabbed Eddie Murphy's presumptive Oscar right out of his chubby, fat-suited hands. EW is reporting the White Chick is in talks to take over the role of Richard Pryor in an upcoming, Oscar-baiting biopic on the comedian:
Funny man Marlon Wayans is in advanced discussions to play one of comedy’s most iconic figures in the biopic Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. and Sony Pictures. The project has been written and will be directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). Eddie Murphy was originally attached to star in the project, but he dropped out over conflicts with Paramount Pictures, which was previously on board to finance the film.
I'm sure the comedy legend's soul will be pleased to know he'll be represented by a co-creator of the Scary Movie franchise. But I wonder, does the Happy Madison connection mean we'll be seeing Sandler as Gene Wilder or someone? The two of them recreating scenes from See No Evil, Hear No Evil might be one of the worst ideas my brain has ever whispered.
Anyway, forget what I said about Wayans winning an Oscar for this. Upon hearing this news, Jamie Foxx immediately announced, "Oh, shit, uh... I'm making a Bill Cosby thing then."