December 9th, 2011
10:47 AM ET
HBO Films is said to be working on a TV biopic about infamous former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry, with Eddie Murphy attached to star if it comes to fruition, reports the Washington Post.
The untitled project is still in development, but if it goes through, Spike Lee would be at the helm as director and John Ridley is attached to write the script. Lee, Ridley and Murphy would also serve as the TV film's executive producers.
The Post notes that this isn't the first time attempts have been made to bring Barry's controversial history to the screen.
In 2002, Jamie Foxx was the intended star in another HBO project called "Livin' for the City: The Marion Barry Story." Chris Rock was on board as the executive producer, but the paper reports that the film never materialized.
Barry, meanwhile, is serving on the District's city council. He was elected as mayor in 1978 and served up until he was handed a misdemeanor conviction stemming from a 1990 sting operation that videotaped Barry smoking crack cocaine at a hotel. The politician served six months in prison and then went on to serve as mayor of D.C. once again from 1994 to 1998.
In 2009, the same year that Barry was arrested on stalking charges that were later dropped, HBO aired "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry," a documentary about the politician.
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