Eddie Murphy has procured a three-picture first-look film deal with Amazon Prime. Eddie Murphy’s Amazon deal materialized after the huge success of Coming 2 America. The film, which received mixed reviews, premiered on the platform in March 2021. The film was reported by Deadline to have been the most-watched Amazon film on a given weekend.
The Head of Amazon Studios Welcomes Murphy to the Family
Eddie Murphy’s Amazon deal guarantees that Murphy can star in three projects, with the potential to adapt and star in an original film. Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, praised the actor in a statement, welcoming him to the “Amazon family” and noting that “Eddie is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. With undeniable comedic and dramatic genius, he consistently delivers entertaining, original stories and characters to audiences around the world.”
Eddie Murphy is Having a Comeback
The comedian and actor had seemingly reached a peak in the 2010s after a foray into family-oriented films. However, he recently came back into the spotlight with the massively successful Dolemite is My Name, which procured him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. He also returned to SNL as a host in December of 2019, reprising his Gumby and Mr. Robinson characters.
Eddie Murphy’s Amazon deal will prove to be the next step in a comeback for the actor, who has been vocal about his plans to return to standup after the pandemic. Murphy seems to be back in full force now, simultaneously working on multiple projects for Netflix. He will be reprising his Beverly Hills Cop character Axel Foley in an upcoming Beverly Hills Cop sequel. Additionally, he will star with Jonah Hill in an untitled comedy with Kenya Barris set to direct. Neither Murphy nor Amazon have commented on the specific Amazon films that Murphy plans to star in.