Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy are expected to join hands on the Martin-scripted comedy “Bofinger” for Frank Oz and Imagine Entertainment, sources said. Brian Grazer will produce.
The comedy will mark the first time Martin and Murphy — who both started out as standup comedians — have worked together.
The teaming is reminiscent of the winning combination of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, who starred in a number of films together in the late 1970s and early 1980s: “Silver Streak,” “Stir Crazy,” “Hear No Evil, See No Evil” and “Another You.”
It would mean Murphy will segue right from Imagine’s sequel to “The Nutty Professor,” which gets under way in January 1998, to “Bofinger,” which is scheduled to roll in May. Murphy would work four to five weeks on the project, sources said.
“Bofinger” has been described as a madcap physical comedy about a down-and-out producer (Martin) who has written a script and is desperate to make a movie with a particular star (Murphy). Imagine acquired the script from Martin two months ago for Oz to direct (Daily Variety, April 29). Martin and Oz last worked together on “Housesitter.”
Terms of Murphy’s deal still must be negotiated. Martin and Murphy are both repped by ICM. Oz is repped by CAA.