Monday, December 18, 2006

The long awaited biopic of late comedian Richard Pryor is back on after several script rewrites delayed production. Reports MTV Movie news.

According to Mike Epps, the actor/comedian set to star as Pryor in the untitled biopic says a dispute between Pryor's first and second wives over his assets caused preproduction of the film to come to a standstill.

Said Epps to MTV Movie News: "It just didn't fly right [with me]," he said. "And I'm glad it didn't. Whenever you want to do a story about someone and don't want to involve their kids, that ain't right. I don't care how good the script was, how true to [life] it was, if you gonna do a movie about someone and the kids were there, you got to make mention of them and let them participate. 'Cause if you don't, that's going too much against the grain."

The Pryor film is scheduled to begin filming sometime next year, but in the meantime Epps will join the cast of "Resident Evil" for the third installment of the series and star in a reality-based gambling film called "The Grand."

Ice Cube has allegedly been in talks with Epps for a possible role in the remake of "Welcome Back, Kotter." Reports MTV Movie News.

MTV reports that Epps is confident the newest script is an accurate portrayal of Pryor's life, and largely based on a memoir written by Pryor's daughter Rain. The new script is coming from the perspective and eyes of Pryor's daughters, Rain and Elizabeth.

Variety reported that writer, director and actress Kasi Lemmons, currently posting "Talk to Me" has now signed on to direct the project. Kasi played fellow FBI in training Ardelia with Jodie Foster as Clarice in 'Silence of the Lambs."