CONFIRMED! Eddie Murphy To Star In Marion Barry Biopic Directed By Spike Lee For HBO

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by Tambay A. Obenson
December 9, 2011 9:58 AM
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UPDATE Friday morning, 12/9: It's not a question mark anymore folks; this is very real and is indeed happening, as has been confirmed by some of the industry trades, like The Hollywood Reporter. So, wow! This should be very interesting... VERY interesting. It just came out of nowhere. I'm waiting to hear all the backstory on this, like how it all came together, how long those involved had been chatting about doing it, etc. I also look forward to finding out how they plan to attack it.

For now... my original post from last night below....

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WTF? Is this a joke?

No definite confirmation on this yet, but the venerable Washington Post is reporting that Eddie Murphy is attached to star as Marion Barry in an upcoming biopic on the man's life for HBO, with Spike Lee directing and John Ridley penning the script.

The project is said to be "in development by HBO Films," with all three gentlemen (Murphy, Spike, Ridley) serving as executive producers, and D.C. journalists Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood consulting; their 1994 book Dream City (on Washington politics) will be used as source material, as well as the pair who produced the 2009 documentary, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.

No direct word from HBO, Spike, nor Eddie on this one; so who knows. But it's the Washington Post right? So, I certainly couldn't completely ignore it.

And as the Post piece notes, this certainly isn't the first time HBO has attempted a Marion Barry film; In 2002, Chris Rock was said to have been prepping a Marion Barry film, with Jamie Foxx tapped to star, but nothing happened there for whatever reason.

All I can say for now is... stay tuned... Hoepfully we get a confirmation or negation soon.

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9 Comments

  • monie valentine | December 13, 2011 4:56 PMReply

    David Alan Grier would be hilarious but being Spike I know it'll be a drama!

  • Donella | December 10, 2011 4:08 PMReply

    Intriguing.

  • Jug | December 9, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    "The Bitch set me up!!" Nobody beats David Alan Grier man LOL

  • lovesfilmnmusic | December 14, 2011 2:42 AM

    David Alan Grier would be SO great in that role. We can dream, can't we?

  • lovesfilmnmusic | December 10, 2011 7:16 PM

    David Alan Grier would be SO great in that role. We can dream, can't we?

  • urbanauteur | December 10, 2011 4:09 PM

    @JUG, good choice to play him:)

  • Jug | December 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    On a side note, I'm getting kinda skeptical of anything that says "directed by Spike Lee, written by John Ridley"...like UFO sightings man LOL

  • reg | December 9, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    though i'm not a big spike fan and even less of a murphy fan, i gotta say i'm intrigued. could be a real game changer for both of them. hoping for the best out of both.

  • blah, blah | December 9, 2011 10:25 AMReply

    So, it's a comedy? And I thought they hated each other?

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