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At one point it was uncertain wether the Richard Pryor biopic was moving forward when it was revealed that EMPIRE’s Lee Daniels decided to no longer direct the film. But today it was reported that the project starring Mike Epps will not only move forward it will be produced by Jay Z with Daniels now returning to the project. Things are looking up.

Lee Daniels has committed to directing The Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic with Jay Z on board to produce. The Weinstein Company had decided in May to postpone the project, titled “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said,” after Daniels, the showrunner of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” left the helming gig when he was unable to fit the movie shoot into his schedule. A start date is now set for early 2017. Harvey Weinstein announced Thursday that the project was back on track. He unveiled the news at a press conference for the upcoming docuseries on Kalief Browder. The script has been written by Bill Condon. The title of the movie is taken from Pyror’s Grammy-winning live album, released in 1975.

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