Just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in. Lee Daniels will indeed be directing “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” Harvey Weinstein announced the news during a press conference today about the biopic, which Mike Epps is starring in and Jay Z is producing.
Daniels was previously attached to the project before apparently leaving it. “I can tell you that Jay is going to produce the Richard Pryor movie with Lee Daniels directing,” said Weinstein. “Each time, I think you’ll see these projects be something that hit the cultural zeitgeist. One day we’ll find something really commercial now to do. But not now.” Jay Z chimed in as well, saying that Pryor’s story “is an American story. You’ll understand how many lives he’s touched, from every single comedian to rappers like Biggie Smalls.”
In addition to Epps, “Is It Something I Said?” will feature Eddie Murphy as Pryor’s father, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother (who apparently ran a brothel) and Kate Hudson as his final wife.