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Showtime Network Developing Documentary On Life Of Richard Pryor

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 12, 2012 9:43 PM
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We already told you about Showtime's plans for a Suge Knight documentary, directed by Antoine Fuqua; but a documentary on the life of Richard Pryor as well? News to me...

Announced by the network today at the Winter 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour, Showtime's President Of Entertainment David Nevins said that the cabler planned to invest heavily in what he called “branded, high-impact filmmaker documentaries” in 2012, with Fuqua's Suge Knight project being one of those already in development, though no word on when it can be expected to debut.

Nevins also mentioned that a project on the life of late comedian Richard Pryor is in the works, adding that details are still being worked out with Pryor’s family, but they are making progress.

He didn't reveal anything further than that - specifically who'll be directing it, and when we can expect it.

Worth noting is that there are other Richard Pryor projects at various stages of development; there's the Chris Rock-produced Richard Pryor feature film that Marlon Wayans was attached to star in; although I'm not sure if it's still alive and where it stands (little has been reported on it); and then there is the stage production from Rod Gailes OBC,  titled UNSPEAKABLE: a dramatic fantasia. exploring what he describes as "the tragic genius" of comedian Richard Pryor. 

I know that continues to be workshopped.

We'll have to wait and see where Showtime's documentary fits in all this.

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  • TKX | January 19, 2012 12:45 AMReply

    I watched the documentary "Why we laugh"and it was said Richard Prior was as powerful as Malcolm X and Dr.Martin Luther King jr.He was real and really funny.Paved the way for us. Thanks Richard!

  • Neziah | January 17, 2012 5:44 PMReply

    I'm still waiting on the definitive documentary featuring Richard Pryor, so maybe this will be what I'm looking for. I watched Pryor's stand-ups on MLK day, so I'm ready for more material featuring the man himself.

  • Thomas Rideout | January 15, 2012 4:32 PMReply

    I was hired by Richard, during the making of "Brewster's Millions" to make sure that blacks were hired and included in the production were ever and when ever possible. Unfortunately many are not aware of his fight for equal acess and employment in the film industry.

  • Neziah | January 17, 2012 5:46 PM

    Well, thanks for making us (or at least me) aware, that only adds to my building respect for the man.

  • Mekisha Hale | January 13, 2012 3:40 AMReply

    There are a lot projects for the late comic legend "Richard Pryor". The documentary sounds like autobiography for the network "Showtime" sounds like that's going to be interesting.
    What is even more interesting is who is going to be the actor to portray the late comedian's life is going to be a task itself. The actor Marlon Wayne was going to be the choice for the biopic of the life of "Richard Pryor". And now a stage production about Richard Pryor. There seems to be a lot of project surrounding about the late great comic genius which is "Richard Pryor". Hopefully some of these projects can get off the ground.

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