This time around he's signed up to portray former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry in an HBO production. There is no word on exact details of the film, but it will most likely chronicle Barry's rise to power and his downfall through drug addiction. He served as mayor from 1979 to 1991 and then from 1995 to 1999.
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Spike Lee is jumping into this project as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Spike Lee is attached to direct with John Ridley set to pen the script. Murphy, Lee and Ridley would all serve as executive producers."
Sounds like an explosive meeting of the minds!