Bill Condon, the director who gave us "Dreamgirls" and wrote "Chicago," is in talks with Columbia Pictures and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison to direct a film about Richard Pryor with Marlon Wayans in the starring role. The plan is for the film to go on production next spring.
The biopic, budgeted for $20 million, will be called "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?" and Sandler will produce along with Jack Giarraputo, Chris Rock, Mark Gordon, and Jennifer Pryor.
No word yet on the supporting cast but sources are saying that Sandler is thinking of appearing in a cameo as Pryor's first manager, Sandy Gallin.
Once upon a time, Condon wanted his "Dreamgirls" star Eddie Murphy to star in his Pryor film when it was being developed at Weinstein Co. Then the director shopped it to Paramount and then Fox Searchlight but Murphy was so expensive.
Now it's back to square one with Condon and with a much cheaper actor. But the big question -- can Wayans pull it off as Pryor? I don't really consider himself as a serious actor -- "White Chicks," "Scary Movie" films, heck, I didn't even like him in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra."
But Condon is a great writer/director and I'm sure he'll be able to help Wayans channel Pryor.
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