Lee Daniels is looking to get back into business with The Weinstein Company. The director is in negotiations to tackle an untitled Richard Pryor biopic as his follow-up to The Butler. The Weinstein Company, which produced and distributed Daniels' surprise hit about a White House butler, will fully finance the Richard Pryor project.
Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Eddie Murphy are among the actors being eyed for the film, which has been in the works for years with different actors attached, including Wayans and Murphy. Sources say both are still in the mix, particularly Wayans, who at 41 years old is considered to be the right age for the project and whose screen test is said to have wowed Harvey Weinstein.
But Jordan, who became a breakout star with The Weinstein Company's Fruitvale Station, has emerged as the front-runner to tackle the life of the iconic comedian, who died in 2005 at age 65. The question remains whether the 26-year-old can be aged up through makeup for the role, much of which covers Pryor when he was in his 30s.