Eddie Murphy has decided to write a comedy called Jamal and Tyrell and Omar and Brick and Michael's Wack-Ass Weekend.
So, here's what I think happened. Eddie Murphy, in preparation for his Oscar hosting gig, sat down and watched a wide variety of movies. Those included: Brick, Michael, The Wackness, Jackass (or Kick-Ass...we're still in the midst of the investigation of his Netflix account) and Weekend, and was equally inspired by each of these films. Further study is needed to determine where the first thirty percent of the title came from.
In actuality, Murphy's idea stems from the early days of his upcoming movie Tower Heist, which was initially set to star Murphy alongside Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan and Chris Tucker. Muphy wants to emulate the mood of the comedy presented by this era of the script in his new project. This developing story, JATAOABAMW-AW (no, that doesn't work...), will follow a quintet of friends preparing for an average weekend when they are abducted by alien invaders.
Murphy has really hit both extremes as a movie writer. He penned the stories for some of his classic films, including Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop II, as well as on Saturday Night Live. Focusing on this, we can invest some hope in a revival of old creative strengths.
Tower Heist comes out this Friday, Nov. 4th.