Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner Re-Team for Netflix’s Music Mockumentary
The music mockumentary genre, which includes the iconic This Is Spinal Tap and the more recent Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, is getting another addition to the family with Netflix’s Soul Soul Soul: The Murray Murray Story. It’s way too soon to see if it’ll be anything like its predecessors, but as announced today the project marks a Tower Heist reunion between Eddie Murphy and director Brett Ratner.
Soul Soul Soul tells of a fake soul singer from the ‘60s named Murray Murray, who attempts to get his band back together to take down hip-hop after a new artist samples his hit. THR reports that the duo are in discussions to join the project, though they may choose to hold off on signing until they read the script, which Chris Case (Yahoo’s Sin City Saints) is writing.
Tower Heist, Ratner’s 2011 film, saw Murphy as one of a group of guys who fall victim to their wealthy employer’s Ponzi scheme. The two were at one point planning to re-team for that long-gestating Beverly Hills Cop 4 before Paramount removed the sequel from its film slate. Around that time, Murphy implied the script was the reason for the hold up, remarking to Rolling Stone, “I’ve read a couple things that look like they can make some paper, but I’m not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper.”
Let’s hope he still has that mentality.
Murphy has kept off the screen for quite some time, but he’s attached to Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic, in which he plays Pryor’s father alongside Oprah, Marlon Wayans, Mike Epps, and Kate Hudson. His latest project, Mr. Church, co-stars Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson and made its debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. No release date has been set.