Eddie Murphy Joins ‘Tower Heist’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:38 pm,

The last time a movie starring Eddie Murphy (in the flesh) did well at the box office was back in 2007 and in that case it was Norbit. The less said about that “comedy,” the better.

Now Murphy has signed on for Brett Ratner’s new project, the caper flick Tower Heist, which could be a step in the right direction for the highly-paid actor – if nothing else, at least he won’t be donning a fat suit or playing a spaceship controlled by a miniature version of himself (don’t ask).

Tower Heist revolves around a group of maintenance workers (including both Murphy and Ben Stiller) whose pension funds were looted by a corrupt Wall Street type (Alan Alda). It turns out that Alda’s character is now not only under house arrest, but also happens to live in the high-end Manhattan apartment complex that Murphy and his crew work at.  The disenfranchised men then hatch a plan to rob the old man, using their knowledge of the building’s inner workings.

This project was originally titled Trump Heist and was envisioned as a “black ‘Ocean’s Eleven’” that would star Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Chris Tucker. Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) was eventually selected to rewrite the script, which now sounds like much more of a broader comedy than any of the Ocean’s pics were.

Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls Eddie Murphy Joins Tower Heist

Eddie Murphy in the musical ‘Dreamgirls’.

It’s easy to forget that Murphy actually received an Oscar nomination for his performance as James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls, which hit theaters just four years ago. The former Beverly Hills Cop star followed up that role with the aforementioned, critically-despised flick Norbit and the only financial hits to feature his name since have been the Shrek movies.

Ratner is not exactly a well-renowned filmmaker and it would be a stretch to say that Tower Heist sounds like it will be a surefire return to form for Murphy. The premise for the movie is not as contrived and far less inane than that of the comedian’s more recent films, so this could be a decent move on Murphy’s part – besides, at least it’s not The Nutty Professor 3, right?

Source: Deadline

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  1. I want Nutty Professor 3!

  2. i thought Stiller and Murphy had more sense than this…working with hackman Ratner?? fail

    • What’s wrong with Ratner? He made the Rush Hour movies!

      • uhh they were all crap?

        • Rush Hour are great films,i loved them all! Nothing wrong with Ratner….

        • I thought part 1 was the best.It was hilarious IMO.The others I could have done without.

          • Yeah part 1 was bad ass,but i love them all. I cant wait for part 4 (If that ever happens)

      • The only good film Ratner has directed was ‘The Family Man’. Everything else was just stale.

        • The Family Man was his best? Are you nuts? While it was an alright movie it doesn’t compare to the first Rush Hour.

          • No, I’m not nuts. The ‘Rush Hour’ are boring and un-funny. The only reason I can actually stay awake during those films is b/c of Chris Tucker, and that’s only b/c his voice is soo loud it’s impossible for anyone to sleep.

            • Chris tucker is hilarious! Oh god. Rush hours the best,my gain your loss…

  3. I dunno if I’d go as far as to say Ratner is a hack, but he doesn’t exactly make award-winning films that re-invent genres…

    • And he doesn’t have to, which I like. I can respect a director who just makes movies for the hell of it and isn’t concerned with trying to win awards or captivate the world. On that note, Rush Hour 3 did suck pretty bad.

      I won’t see this due to my embargo on everything Eddie Murphy until he re-grows a pair and starts making movies that actually LOOK good.

      • Rush hour 3 is the weakest yes but it didnt suck it was still good.

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