Comedy legend Eddie Murphy may be coming to Netflix. According to TMZ, he is reportedly in negotiations with the streaming giant to secure a multimillion-dollar deal that will allow him to create the content of his dreams. Should this pending project come to pass, the 58-year-old comic would bank around $70 million. As of 2019, he is worth a whopping $160 million largely due to his movies, which have grossed nearly $6.7 billion at the worldwide box office, reports CelebrityNetWorth.com.
Other black comedians who have signed lucrative deals with Netflix include Dave Chappelle, who earned $60 million for three stand-up specials in 2017, and Chris Rock, who took home $40 million for his two specials in 2018.
During a recent appearance at the Comedians screening at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, Murphy stated, “You’ve got to start all over again, but there’s no way around that process; you have to go do it that way.”
Murphy got his start in the early 80s, on NBC’s Saturday Night Live before he started taking on film roles starring in 48 Hrs., Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, as well as the stand-up smash Eddie Murphy: Raw. He hasn’t performed much stand-up since. He reemerged in the 90s, starring in fan favorites like Shrek, Dr. Dolittle, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, and Daddy Day Care and later making a huge splash in 2006’s Dreamgirls, playing the overzealous James “Thunder” Early, which earned him an Oscar nominee.
Hopefully, we get the same energy from his new content.
Folks reacted to the news with excitement on Twitter:
“HOLY HELL!!!!!! It’s happening!!!!!!” – @BillSimmons