Fans of old-school Eddie Murphy, one of the greatest stand-ups of all time, may have something to get excited about – because for the first time in over 10 years he has decided to return to that which made him a household name, that which made him great: R-rated comedies. And the comedy he has chosen will be The Misadventures of Fluffy for Paramount.
Wait. What? Nevermind, everyone can sit back down. Really? The Misadventures of Fluffy? I hate even writing that title, let alone watching it. C’mon Eddie, what are you doing? Last thing we heard was that Eddie Murphy had backed out of starring in the Richard Pryor bio-pic and now we’ve got this? He’s picking Fluffy over Richard Pryor.
Now, before everyone decides to chase after him with pitchforks (ala Frankenstein), it should be known that as of right now he’s not starring in this film, but he is definitely producing it. Although, if Murphy’s career decisions continue the way they’ve gone for almost a decade, he’s probably going to star in this as well.
Maybe I’m being too hard on our favorite Detroit police officer. Let’s check out the description of the movie.
“A road trip pic through New York featuring talking animals, and with an element of social comedy reminiscent of Murphy’s 1980’s hit Trading Places.”
Nope, not being too hard on him. At all.
So, it’s Trading Places meets Doctor Dolittle? How on earth could that fail?
I’ve heard this theory being thrown about for some time about Eddie Murphy and all those horrible movies he puts out. The theory goes that the reason why studios keep giving Eddie Murphy money to make horrible movies that make no money is that when he decides to make a film like The Nutty Professor or Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (nine years ago) that it more than makes up for the money previously wasted.
While I’m not one to believe such things and find it hard to believe that any high grossing movie could make up for the amount of money Murphy has blown on The Adventures of Pluto Nash or Meet Dave (and no, Shrek doesn’t count).
Still, there may be some merit as Paramount is the studio bringing us The Misadventures of Fluffy and guess who’s also behind Beverly Hills Cop IV (if it ever gets made)? That’s right, Paramount.
What do you think? Will it be excited to see an R-rated Murphy in a talking dog comedy? Does him producing it mean anything at all? Can anyone name the year that there was a real Eddie Murphy film?
If Eddie Murphy all of a sudden decided to return to stand-up comedy, who would instantly run out to buy tickets?
The Misadventures of Fluffy has yet to receive a release date, but Shrek Forever After comes out in 2010.