JAY Z To Produce & Lee Daniels to Direct Upcoming Richard Pryor Biopic

Lee Daniels is set to direct The Weinstein Company’s upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, with Jay Z on board to produce. Titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said, the film was initally postponed in May after Daniels, the showrunner of Fox’s hit series Empire, was unable to fit the movie shoot into his packed schedule. The new production date was announced this week at a press conference, locked for early 2017.

The cast is set to feature Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor. The script has been written by Bill Condon. The title of the movie is taken from Pyror’s Grammy-winning live album, released in 1975.

Pryor broke into the business in the early ’60s and had become the top stand-up comedian in the industry by the early ’70s. He won five Grammys for his comedy albums and starred in several concert films — the most lucrative being 1982’s Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, in which he memorably described catching himself on fire while freebasing cocaine.

We’re looking forward to this! Learn more about the film via Variety.

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