Murphy Still “Nutty?”

18 05 2010

One of the biggest box office stars of the 1980s, Eddie Murphy is struggling to stay relevant. The former comedy superstar has one film in the can with no distribution date and is developing a potential third “The Nutty Professor” movie, that he has to convince distributors that it could be funny. As the Notorious B.I.G. once said, “times done changed!”

Once upon a time, the mere mention of Murphy’s name on a project was considered box-office gold. But after a string of big hits in the 1980s, Murphy’s efforts in the 90s begin to slowly deteriorate and with the combination of his family-friendly films and lack of adult roles, he has begin to show vulnerability. Recent bombs such as “The Adventures of Pluto Nash,” “Meet Dave” and “Imagine That” have also not helped.

There’s no word whether Universal may have any interest in doing another movie, but according to Murphy, it will depend on whether they find his ideas funny. With “The Nutty Professor” grossing $273 million worldwide in 1996, and its sequel “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” grossing $161 million four years later, a third movie certainly has potential similar to Universal’s “Meet the Parents” comedy franchise.

Murphy’s new DreamWorks movie, “A Thousand Words,” his third movie with Norbit director Brian Robbins, has yet to be given a U.S. release date despite having been finished since last October. That movie may just be caught up in the transition of distribution companies from Paramount to Disney, though countries like Argentina, Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands have already booked the movie in early 2011, over a year after its completion.

So now three decades later, the man who once was the biggest box star in Hollywood it now appears that Murphy’s “law” may may have lost it’s bite!


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