Entertainment Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to direct Richard Pryor biopic

21:50  29 october  2020
21:50  29 october  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Kenya Barris is gearing up to make his film directorial debut with a biopic about acclaimed comedian Richard Pryor.

The Black-ish and #BlackAF showrunner is set to write and produce the yet-to-be titled project, according to Variety.

It will reportedly look back over Pryor's entire career, from his stand-up beginnings and winning an Emmy award with Grace and Frankie's Lily Tomlin to fronting shows like The Richard Pryor Show and Pryor's Place.

Kenya Barris wearing glasses talking on a cell phone © Christian Alminana - Getty Images Kenya Barris

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"The way Pryor did what he did — with truth and specificity that was somehow self-aware and self-deprecating, and said with an unmatched level of vulnerability — that was the power and impact of his work," Barris said in a statement.

"Pryor had a voice that was distinctly his and, in many ways, comedy since then has been derivative of what he created. To me, this is a film about that voice, the journey that shaped it, and what it took for it to come to be."

Richard Pryor wearing a suit and tie © Michael Ochs Archives - Getty Images Richard Pryor

"The NY Times has said of Richard Pryor, he was an 'iconoclastic standup comedian who transcended barriers of race and brought a biting, irreverent humor into America's living rooms, movie houses, clubs and concert halls.' We couldn't agree more," added MGM's Motion Picture Group chairman Michael De Luca and president Pamela Abdy.

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"Along with our partners Kenya, Tory, Jennifer, and Adam, we are incredibly excited to share Richard's extraordinary life with audiences the world over."

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