Eddie Murphy attached to developing Marion Barry biopic
December 9th, 2011
10:47 AM ET

Eddie Murphy attached to developing Marion Barry biopic

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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  1. hcg

    Solid. Thank you, I will check back hcg.

    September 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J Freestyle

    Why dont they let Herman Cain play the crack mayor?

    December 13, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. PhilG.

    For all his imperfections,Marion Barry is a man who has lived through some of the most turbulent times in our nations history-right out front- and in the middle of the worst of it.

    For those who don't know,the Washiington City political machine was and is one of the most corrupt in the nation ( before Barry ever got inside it) and Barry was totally powerless to change that.

    Then he decended into the world of easy women and drugs and it nearly cost him everything.

    Barry still evokes respect simply becuase he has shown an amazing ability to get up off the ground ,dust himself off and keep going.

    I have no urge to see Eddie Murphy portray Marion Barry as a joke.

    All you perfect people walk a mile in Marion Barry's shoes then maybe you can judge the man.

    I can still meet Marion Barry on the street and say nice things to the man.

    I respect him as a survivor.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aeneimia

    Crack heads can be upstanding citizens too!!!

    December 12, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Malyk10

    I often wonder why some countries achieve a lot secretly and eventually compete with others and finally overshadow them. Simple reason : they never reveal all that happens in their society to the outside world. We should all learn this strategy and forge ahead rather than keep beating on people. Eddie should make the movie. There's plenty tribute to be made to people who have really made a difference in other people's lives irrespective of their flaws...

    December 12, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Diana

    goonie goo goo

    December 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DC

    With people like Mr. Barry as role models, no wonder our ciities are such sink holes.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sofie

    I was living in Md at that time when all that was going on. Barry was popular with the black community and could relate to him which is why he was re-elected mayor. Not being a racist, just stating the facts.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolando

      Spoken like a true black woman. Your man will cheat, lie, steal, slap you and you'll still love him as long as every one in a while he says 'wassup baby' and he feels bad about it later. You should expect more from your politicians and others.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. little debbie

    Hmm. Was mayor,smoked crack,went to prison to become mayor again. How harsh. I am sure he learned his lesson. Yea a little sarcasim from little debbie.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      Little Debbie, most people have a vice and it just so happens he was in the public eye to have his exposed. As imperfect as people are, count your blessings what you’ve done in the dark hasn’t come out in the light. I’m a native Washingtonian (40 years) and personally know his good for the city and it’s residents far outweighs his bad. As for being popular and being Black getting him reelected, as a Black woman I wouldn’t disagree with your comments. However, all supporters weren’t that shallow and recognized how their children were employed through the SYEP program and seniors were taken care of through city services among other things.

      December 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • InternetSpy

      I became an Eddie Murphy fan again when he stood up to the GAY bullies of the Academy Awards!

      December 11, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |

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