Eddie Murphy, an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer, is said to be in talks to play George Clinton in a forthcoming biopic.
It hasn’t been verified, but they’re working hard right now to get the rights worked out with Clinton, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, before bringing writers on board.
Eddie Murphy, whose legal name is Edward Regan Murphy, will serve as producer alongside John Davis and Catherine Davis through their Davis Entertainment brand once everything is in place and all rights have been secured.
George Edward Clinton, 80, is a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer from the United States. During the 1970s, his Parliament-Funkadelic group (which predominantly recorded under the names Parliament and Funkadelic) produced a popular and varied style of funk music that drew on science fiction, flamboyant fashion, psychedelia, and surreal humor.
Clinton is regarded as one of the major inventors of funk music, alongside James Brown and Sly Stone. In 1997, he and 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He and Parliament-Funkadelic were honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2019.
Clinton is often regarded as the Godfather of Funk, rivaling James Brown and Sly Stone as the genre’s leading creators. The film will chronicle the legendary musician’s humble beginnings in North Carolina in the 1940s, through the formation of his groundbreaking bands Parliament and Funkadelic, and on to becoming a major influence on hip-hop artists such as Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast, and Wu-Tang Clan, among others.
Concerning the Upcoming Biopic
Clinton’s early life in North Carolina in the 1940s is supposed to be covered in the planned biopic project, up until the establishment of Parliament and Funkadelic, which the Godfather of Funk and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee led.
Murphy collaborated with Davis on the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, for which he received critical acclaim for his performance as the improbable Blaxploitation movie star Rudy Ray Moore. Following that, he released Coming 2 America, a sequel to his 1988 comedy masterpiece. Murphy’s next project is the Netflix comedy You People, directed by Kenya Barris, in which he co-stars alongside Jonah Hill. Following that, he will appear in Beverly Hills Cop 4 this summer, in which he will reprise his role as Alex Foley. According to deadline, Murphy was also nominated for an Emmy for his long-awaited return to Saturday Night Live, the show that established him in the early 1980s.