Whatever happened to Eddie Murphy eh? Oh, I know he’s still around and making movies but have you seen his last few efforts? Terrible. But there might be salvation yet to come because Universal is preparing to start work on The Nutty Professor 3. There’s just one problem, Murphy may not be involved.
The first film, released in 1996, was a remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis classic, and it was actually alright. Murphy played the titular professor who becomes a right pain in the derrière when he takes a concoction to make himself thin. Murphy’s comic versatility actually helped rather than hindered the film (those were the days).
Then came the second film, released in 2000, which was called The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps, and featured the prof’s extended family, all of whom were played by Murphy. This wasn’t so good, mainly because Murphy seemed to think he was the funniest thing since Monty Python, when in fact, he grated after about five minutes.
And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal and Imagine Entertainment are starting development on a third film in the series. A writer and director are being sought for the movie, and Murphy isn’t yet attached. Which may not be such a bad thing.
The problem is, where can the series go? Surely the joke is wearing a bit thin these days, sort of like Murphy’s career. This is one sequel I personally could do without.