Thanks to BBC ‘Storyville’ and Showtime, a documentary about the life of late comedian Richard Pryor will finally be made. Filmmaker Marina Zenovich, who is best known for her documentary on controversial director Roman Polanski, is taking lead on the untitled film for delivery to the BBC late this year or early next year. The film, commissioned by Showtime, is expected to air on that network, as well.
Showtime announced its involvement in the project this past January, but had no details at the time. As it turns out, BBC ‘Storyville’ editor Nick Fraser has been attempting to complete this project for some time, but it took a while to get Pryor’s family on board, reports Reelscreen.com.
“We’ve wanted to do a film on him for a long time,” he said, adding that the film will feature “a lot of great archive” material. The film will not only delve into the world of Pryor’s legendary and lasting effect on stand-up comedy, but also take a deep look into the darker aspects of his life including drug abuse, multiple failed marriages and major health issues.
Despite the inclusion of dark material, comedy fans are sure to be excited to be able to get a look into the life of the late, great comic who has been a major influence to many in the stand-up world and beyond. With that in mind, let’s check out a clip from Pryor’s 1982 legendary concert film Live on the Sunset Strip, wherein he talks about the N-word.