Forest Whitaker is now taking over producing duties on the movie, working with the comedian's widow Jennifer Pryor, but it all looks like it's back to square one. A new script will be developed, Condon is no longer directing and a new leading man will possibly have to be found. Deadline says that Wayans could still have the part, but suggests that Whitaker might want to roll with Michael B. Jordan, star of Sundance sensation "Fruitvale," which Whitaker produced, but that's pretty much conjecture.
So what does this all mean? A Pryor biopic is probably still a long way off at this point, and that's something Wayans hinted at earlier this year. “Hollywood doesn’t want to bet on that kind of movie right now, and it’s a shame. I think it’s a beautiful movie, and the people who got the money don’t understand that Pryor is an icon… studios are scared because they’re owned by corporations, and they don’t see it,” he said while promoting "A Haunted House" in January.
It looks like those stand-up records and DVDs will have to keep holding you over for now.