Eddie Murphy will return to comedy in New Line Cinema’s remake of Donald Petrie’s Grumpy Old Men. It will mark Murphy’s first comedic role since the 2012 bomb A Thousand Words.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake could potentially star Nick Fury himself Samuel L. Jackson opposite Murphy. Tim Story, who directed both of the mid-2000s Fantastic Four films, will helm the film.
The original Grumpy Old Men was released in 1993. It starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the title roles, with Ann-Margret as the female lead. The two old men have a chronic case of bad blood between them, and Ann-Margret’s arrival to their neighborhood doesn’t help matters.
Though not anything close to a beloved classic, Grumpy Old Men makes an interesting choice for a remake. It thrived on the chemistry between its leads, so the casting for whoever stars across from Murphy will be very important. Though the report claims Jackson is a contender for the film, Murphy's co-star has not yet been announced.
Murphy can be seen next as a performer-turned-pimp in this fall’s Dolemite is My Name from director Craig Brewer.