Eddie Murphy’s “Words” Finally Spoken

Eddie Murphy’s long-delayed family fantasy comedy “A Thousand Words” looks to have finally secured a release date – January 13th 2012 says /Film.

Murphy shot the film with director Brian Robbins (“Norbit,” “Meet Dave”) in 2008 for DreamWorks with the actor playing a man who discovers he only has 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. When DreamWorks split from Paramount, it was one of the two films the company couldn’t afford to take with them (the other being “The Lovely Bones”).

The film had disastrous test screenings which has lead to repeated delays, while the sheer cost of the project (and reshoots on it earlier this year) meant that it couldn’t be dumped direct-to-disc.

A mid-January slot, though not as dismissible as it used to be, is still considered something of a dumping ground. Should the studio stick to that date, one hopes (but doubts) there’ll be something salvageable in it to make it worth watching.