Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Oh Phooey Murphy Does The Voice
Eddie Murphy will lend his voice to live action/CG animated big screen adaptation of the 1970's Hanna-Barbera animated series "Hong Kong Phooey" says Deadline
The story follows “a mild-mannered dog named Penry stumbles into a mystic ceremony and is accidentally granted mystic powers, including the ability to walk, talk, and do kung fu. Under the tutelage of his kung fu master, Penry dons a costume and becomes Hong Kong Phooey, and with the help of his trusting sidekick Spot the cat cleans up a rogues gallery of wacky criminals..."
In the original TV series, the character was voiced by the great Scatman Crothers.
Direct to video helmer Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts , Tooth Fairy 2 ) will direct the film from "Family Guy" producer David A. Goodman's script.
Broderick Johnson Andrew Kosove Jay Stern and Brett Ratner are co-producing.
Kosove on Murphy's involvement: "We could not be happier that Eddie Murphy will star as Phooey. There is no overstating his contributions to cinema, and to such enduring stars of family entertainments such as 'Shrek' and 'Doctor Dolittle' We look forward to watching him re-imagine yet another classic character"
Gut reaction Meh...Murphy's great as the voice of Donkey and all but Phooey....?