Eddie Murphy and Spike Lee are said to be working on a new film about former D.C. mayor and current D.C. Councilman Marion Barry, according to news service and newspaper accounts that surfaced Dec. 8.
The project is to be produced for Home Box Office (HBO) and is to chronicle the political life and turbulent times of Barry, who has been at the center of D.C. politics since becoming mayor in 1979, according to the Washington Post .
No timetable has been released for the latest effort to dramatize the career of the veteran Black politician whose four terms as mayor were interrupted by an arrest in 1990 when he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a downtown Washington hotel room. He served six months in prison for drug possession and, after his release, was re-elected mayor.
The HBO project will mark the second time the cable network has approached the Barry saga. The network aired a documentary about Barry in 2009 titled “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, veteran film maker Spike Lee is to direct the work, which is to be written by John Ridley (“Red Tails” and “Da Brick” screenwriter).