Eddie Murphy isn’t aging as gracefully as it might seem and it looks like it’s pissing him off. The comic acting legend will team with director Tim Story on a new as-yet-untitled film inspired by the hit Walter Matthau-Jack Lemmon comedy Grumpy Old Men, according to Variety.
The film will be produced by John Davis, who produced the original, through his Davis Entertainment banner, along with Story, who will produce through his The Story Company banner, and The Story Company’s Sharla Sumpter Bridgett
Directed by Donald Petrie, Grumpy Old Men tells the story of two older men who have lived next to each other since they were kids. The pair has been feuding as long as they’ve known each other. Their animosity grows after a female neighbor, played by Ann-Margret, moves across the street. It spawned the 1995 sequel, Grumpier Old Men, where Sophia Loren moves into the neighborhood.
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau made eight movies together: The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Front Page (1974) and Buddy Buddy (1981) directed by Billy Wilder; The Odd Couple (1968) and The Odd Couple II (1998), written by Neil Simon; Out to Sea (1997) Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men. They are remembered as one of the top comedy duos in film.
Murphy has put his stamps on remakes of a few comedy classics, including Dr. Doolittle and The Nutty Professor. He last starred in the 2012 comedy-drama A Thousand Words, and the drama Mr. Church , which came out in 2016. Murphy is currently shooting the Netflix biopic Dolemite Is My Name. Directed by Craig Brewe the film tells the story of Rudy Ray Moore, who recorded Dolemite comedy albums to earn the money to finance the 1975 film Blaxploitation film Dolemite.
Story is the first African American director make over $1 billion at the box office. He has directed eight films, seven of them debuted at number one in theaters: Ride Along 2, Think Like A Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four and Barbershop. Story recently finished production on the New Line film Shaft, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Alexandra Shipp and Regina Hall, and is set to hit theaters on June 14, 2019.
There is no word yet on who will star opposite Murphy, although Jackson is reportedly being considered.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.