One of the most prolific, controversial, influential and downright hilarious human beings to have ever lived is about to get his story told on film. Richard Pryor became more than just a comedian during his time and has transformed into an icon of comedy and social commentary thanks to his edgy jokes during an era where it was still taboo to tell the types of jokes he told.
Pryor’s story may now be coming to a theater near you thanks to director Lee Daniels and actor Micheal B. Jordan. Both Daniels and Jordan are in talks to headline a biopic about the comedian’s life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film has been in development for some time, as THR reports Eddie Murphy, Marlon Wayans and Jordan have all been considered for the lead role in the film. If Jordan lands the part of the iconic comedian, it would without a doubt be near the top of the list when it comes to large breakout roles he has lined up for himself.
For Daniels, he’s proven he can handle a major film on a major subject, as his film The Butler crushed box office expectations and is garnering Oscar consideration.
Pryor’s life as a comedian was directly tied to his personal life which included drug addiction, family issues and problems with virtually every activist group in the country. But his comedy prevailed and today he’s considered one of the greatest comedians to have ever lived.
No production date was mentioned on the picture, but there’s a ton of movement which means more new should be coming soon.