Put your crackpipes in the air and wave ’em like ya just don’t care… Every body yell Hooooooo! SMH… Smoking crackpipes with hoes will now be a cinematic event, thanks to the new Marion Barry biopic that has been greenlit.
Here’s the info:
After years of talk, the unbelievable-but-true story of Marion Barry may be coming soon to a flat-screen TV near you — starring Eddie Murphy as D.C.’s former mayor-for-life.
We’re told that a still-untitled Barry biopic is in development by HBO Films, with the veteran comic and Oscar nominee attached as the star, Spike Lee as director, John Ridley as writer, and all three as executive producers.
D.C. journalists Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood have been tapped as consultants — “Dream City,” their 1994 book about D.C. politics, is among the source material the creators are eyeing — as have Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, the filmmakers behind the 2009 documentary “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.”
HBO officials would not comment. It’s not the first time the network has considered milking the Barry drama: In 2002, filming was reportedly due to start on a movie starring Jamie Foxx and written by Chris Rock that somehow never happened.
A rep for Councilmember Barry said he did not know about the latest project and had no comment.
This should be great. HBO does an amazing job with their original programming, Spike is nice with the bio pics and Eddie has already proven he plays a great junkie. We can’t wait!
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