Eddie Murphy in Early Talks to Star in George Clinton Biopic

Oscar-nominated Eddie Murphy is in talks to play funk legend and parliamentary funkadelic leader George Clinton in an upcoming biopic.

Billed as the Godfather of Funk, Clinton is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and is widely regarded as one of the music genre’s most important innovators, along with James Brown and Sly Stone.

The evolving project aims to chronicle Clinton’s life and legacy, from his childhood in North Carolina in the 1940s through the formation of his groundbreaking bands Parliament and Funkadelic in the late 1960s. The film will also explore Clinton and the bands influence on the future of hip-hop and artists like Tupac Shakur, Dr. Investigate Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast and the Wu-Tang Clan.

In addition to portraying the legendary musician on screen, Murphy will also serve as producer alongside John Davis and Catherine Davis through her Davis Entertainment banner. The project is currently in the early stages as the filmmakers work to secure the rights with Clinton before hiring writers and beginning purchasing the film. Of note, Murphy signed a three-frame first-look film deal with Amazon Studios last year.

The comedy icon recently garnered critical acclaim for another true life story, Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name, in which Murphy portrayed blaxploitation movie star Rudy Ray Moore. Following his Emmy-nominated return to Saturday Night Live, a platform that launched his career, Murphy starred in Coming 2 America, the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 comedy. He will next star alongside Jonah Hill in the Kenya Barris-directed Netflix comedy You People before reprising his legendary role as Alex Foley in Beverly Hills Cop 4. Murphy is repeated by WME and Skip Brittenham.

Deadline was the first to report news about the developing project.

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/eddie-murphy-george-clinton-biopic-1235220578/ Eddie Murphy in Early Talks to Star in George Clinton Biopic

Charles Jones

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