Marlon Wayans Is Richard Pryor

Marlon Wayans is in advanced talks to play comedy icon Richard Pryor in “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” for Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures reports Entertainment Weekly.

The $20 million production depicts Pryor’s controversial brand of comedy and his battle with drugs.

Wayans beat out Eddie Murphy who was originally attached to star. “Dreamgirls” and “Gods & Monsters” writer/director Bill Condon will pen the script and direct.

Chris Rock, Jennifer Lee Pryor and Mark Gordon will produce.