Marlon Wayans will portray Richard Pryor in the biopic, "Richard Pryor: Is it Something I Said," which will begin filming Fall 2010. In this LA Times piece, Marlon says, in regard to playing Pryor, "I'm ready."
Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company and Sony Pictures are the entities behind this movie. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) will direct the film which will reportedly focus on Pryor's controversial brand of comedy and his drug addiction.
Apparently, Wayans is replacing Eddie Murphy, who was attached to the film because of Condon, his Dreamgirls director. "Creative differences" with the producers apparently made Murphy drop out. At one time, Mike Epps was attached to this role.
Conversations at AOL Black Voices has something to say about it. BV Movies Wilson Morales posted about this story, which has been brewing since last October.
I know people think of White Chicks and Little Man when they think of Marlon. People hate on those films, both of which I liked. Still, Requiem for a Dream proved Marlon's dramatic chops. I highly recommend it.