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Kenya Barris to helm Richard Pryor biopic for MGM

The yet-to-be-titled project, which hails from MGM, will mark the feature directorial debut of Barris, according to reports.

Published: 28th October 2020 09:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2020 09:46 AM   |  A+A-

American actor Kenya Barris

American actor Kenya Barris

By Express News Service

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will write and direct the biographical drama about legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor.

The yet-to-be-titled project, which hails from MGM, will mark the feature directorial debut of Barris, according to reports.

Pryor, who died in 2005, wrote for and headlined several television shows and appeared in many films. He was also the first recipient of the Mark Twain Humour Prize, which is awarded annually.He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time.

Barris will also produce the movie through his Khalabo Ink Society, along with Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor and her Tarnished Angel and Tory Metzger for Levantine Films.“The way Pryor did what he did with truth and specificity... that was somehow self-aware and self-deprecating, that was the power and impact of his work,” Barris said in a statement.



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