The star of The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Vampire in Brooklyn and The Haunted Mansion is taking another swing at genre hilarity with a story of five dudes who get swiped by little green men.
Murphy's current film, Tower Heist, was originally supposed to have an all-black cast—including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan and Martin Lawrence—and he clearly hasn't given up on building a big black comedy blockbuster. As he said to Rolling Stone:
"I have this idea called Jamal and Tyrell and Omar and Brick and Michael's Wack-Ass Weekend about this group of guys who get abducted by aliens on the way to the fights. I'm writing that now."
Yes, I know: For every film of relative quality, there are a dozen crappy family flicks like Norbit, Dr. Doolittle and Meet Dave on his resume. Before you snicker (too loudly), it's worth remembering that Murphy's best comedy of the past 20 years was Bowfinger, in which he played, yes, an actor who believed aliens were out to get him.
(Via Total Film)