Netflix in talks with Eddie Murphy for soul mockumentary
James R | On 07, Jun 2016
Netflix is in talks with Eddie Murphy to star in a soul mockumentary.
Called Soul Soul Soul: The Murray Murray Story, the film will follow a fictional soul singer, named Murray Murray. After a new artist samples his 1962 hit, Murray decides to get his band back together to take down hip-hop.
Chris Case is writing the script for the comedy. Case is no stranger to the streaming world, having co-created basketball series Sin City Saints for Yahoo.
Brian Grazer and Tyler Mitchell will produce the film, reports THR, with Murphy now negotiating a starring role in the project. Brett Ratner is also in talks to direct the movie, which would see the duo reunite after working on 2011 Ben Stiller comedy Tower Heist. Sources tell THR, though, that the talks are waiting on the script, with both Murphy and Ratner reportedly wanting to see it before the deals go ahead.
Should Murphy sign on the dotted line, it would continue Netflix’s current strategy of working with big comedy names to produce original features. This year has already seen the release of Special Correspondents, starring Ricky Gervais, and The Do-Over, the second of four original Adam Sandler flicks for the site.