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There’s A Richard Pryor Biopic In The Works

Written by on October 28, 2020

MGM and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will be forming a partnership for a film that is based on the life of one of the greatest comedians of all time: Richard Pryor.

The studio was involved in a legal dispute over the rights to make the film, as they had recently also acquired the rights for a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic.

Barris commented on Pryor during a statement, saying:

“The way Pryor did what he did — with truth and specificity that was somehow self-aware and self-deprecating, and said with an unmatched level of vulnerability – that was the power and impact of his work,” Barris said in his statement. “Pryor had a voice that was distinctly his and, in many ways, comedy since then has been derivative of what he created. To me, this is a film about that voice, the journey that shaped it, and what it took for it to come to be.”

Details on the release date of the film have not yet been announced.


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