Eddie Murphy will reportedly star as Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton in an upcoming biopic.
According to Variety, the project will explore the Godfather of Funk’s life and legacy growing up in North Carolina in the 1940s up until the iconic formation of the Parliament and Funkadelic led by Clinton himself in the late 1960s.
Murphy will also serve as a producer on the project along with John Davis and Catherine Davis under the Davis Entertainment banner. Pre-production is still in the early stages as rights are still being locked down with Clinton before writers will be brought on board and the studio shopping process begins.
It’s unclear if the project will land at Amazon Studios, Murphy recently inked a three-year, first-look film deal with the studio in 2021.
The film will also look at Clinton and the band’s influence on the future of hip-hop and the impact on artists like Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast and the Wu-Tang Clan.
In other Eddie Murphy news, the Emmy-nominated actor will star in the Kenya Barris-directed Netflix comedy You People, with production starting soon, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. He will reprise his iconic role as Alex Foley in Beverly Hills Cop 4 in the summer of 2022.
Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. In 2019, he and the members of Parliament-Funkadelic were awarded the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.