Comedy legend Eddie Murphy is in negotiations to play the godfather of funk, George Clinton, in an upcoming biopic about the iconic musician.
Murphy, who began his career as a comedian on “Saturday Night Live,” honed his dramatic acting skills for years after directing films like “Beverly Hills Cop” and “The Nutty Professor.” He won a Golden Globe in 2007 for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jimmy Early in the movie “Dream Girls.” Murphy also received an Oscar nomination for the role.
In addition to starring as Clinton, the 60-year-old actor and comedian plans to executive produce the film with Catherine Davis, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment. Murphy also worked with Davis Entertainment on the film “Dolemite Is My Name” about actor Rudy Ray Moore.
Clinton, who led the band Parliament-Funkadelic, also known as P-Funk, is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The musician is also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rumor has it that the producers are currently working to purchase the rights to the film, which will portray the lives of musicians growing up in North Carolina.
The film will also feature his legendary musical career as well as his impression on musicians such as Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, the Wu-Tang Clan and Outkast. The 80-year-old musician was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 and received his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
Murphy is also set to begin filming “Beverly Hills Cop 4” this summer after wrapping filming on the Netflix comedy “You People” directed by Kenya Barris and co-starring actor Jonah Hill. The actor is also shooting two more movies for Amazon following the success of the “Coming To America” sequel, “Coming To America 2.”