Renewing their collaboration on “Coming 2 America”, Amazon Studios has closed a three-picture and first-look movie deal with Eddie Murphy. The deal calls on the comedian to star in three films for Amazon Studios and develop original film projects, including Prime Video and the possibility of his acting in the studio. It comes when Murphy was more active in front of the film through some breaks. The actor has garnered rave reviews for Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name” and is making his fourth “Beverly Hills Cop” movie for the streamer.
“Eddie is a legend, both in front and behind the camera,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “With undeniable comedic and dramatic talent, he consistently delivers entertaining, original stories and characters to audiences around the world. We weren’t encouraged to help hold on to the theme and formally welcome Eddie into the Amazon family.”
Amazon is aggressively going to sign deals with top talent, like Michael B. Jordan and Nicole Kidman, as streaming services try to shut down major stars and producers.
Amazon acquired “Coming 2 America” from Paramount Pictures during the epidemic, spending 125 125 million on distribution rights. The film was a hit with Amazon users, who widely promoted comedy. Next, Murphy will star and star opposite Jonah Hill in the Kenya Barris-directed comedy film for Netflix. Earlier, Murphy received Oscar approval for “Dreamgirls” and starred in the “Coming to America”, “Harlem Nights”, “Boomerang”, “The Nine Professors” and “Daddy Day Care” franchises.
Murphy is represented by WME, ML Management, Rogers & Quan / PMK and Jeffrey Brittenham.