Lee Daniels & Jay Z Team Up For Richard Pryor Biopic
The TV hustle continues for Jay Z. In addition to producing a docu-series about Kalief Browder, the rapper turned mogul is producing The Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic. During a recent press conference, he explained
[Pryor’s] story is an American story. You’ll understand how many lives he’s touched. I mean, from every single comedian to rappers like Biggie Smalls.
Harvey Weinstein confirmed that Lee Daniels is still on board, despite reports that he would no longer direct the film.
No, Lee Daniels will be directing it. I believe Lee Daniels is way in and never wanted to be out. Jay got involved a few months ago but we were working on our deal and couldn’t announce it. But I think it’ll be on the fast track now.
I hope we can shoot it in January, February at the latest. It’s a great script from Bill Condon who wrote ‘Chicago’ for us, a wonderful director in his own right and Danny Strong who wrote ‘The Butler.’ It’s a combination and it’s terrific.
To date, the film is set to star Mike Epps who will play Pryor and Oprah Winfrey, who will play his grandmother.