Eddie Murphy Sets Holiday Comedy Film ‘Candy Cane Lane’ For Prime Video; Reginald Hudlin Helms & Imagine Produces First Film Under Amazon’s 3-Picture Star Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Murphy should star in Candy Cane Lane, a holiday comedy directed by Reginald Hudlin for Prime Video. Produced by Amazon Studios, Imagine Entertainment and Eddie Murphy Productions, the comedy was acquired as a spec script written by Kelly Younger and inspired by Younger’s vacation experiences. Production begins this winter in Los Angeles.

Murphy produces alongside Imagine’s Brian Grazer and feature film chair Karen Lunder and Charisse Hewitt-Webster. The film reunites the team behind the 1992 hit Boomerang. It marks the seventh collaboration between Grazer and Murphy. Plot details are being kept under wraps and production will begin this winter in Los Angeles.

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Reginald Hudlin

Reginald Hudlin

Candy Cane Lane will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries, as the first film under Murphy’s three-picture, first-look movie deal with Amazon Studios. This deal came on the heels of Coming 2 Americaa movie that moved from Paramount to Amazon during the pandemic and became the No. 1 streaming movie its opening weekend, by Amazon, and had the biggest streaming movie opening weekend in 2021. According to Nielsen, it was the most streamed movie among black audiences that year.

Says Hudlin: “The holiday season is my favorite time of year – just ask my family for my nine o’clock Christmas playlist. I’m thrilled to be working with Eddie Murphy, Brian Grazer and Amazon again.

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, said: “As we know firsthand with our hit Coming 2 America, Eddie is someone who brings audiences together around the world, and we can’t wait for that to happen again. We can’t wait to see the talented Reggie Hudlin take the helm to bring this future holiday classic to life! »

Murphy Just Won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for His Return to Animation saturday night live, 35 years after leaving the show to become one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, with 48 hours beverly hills cop and Place of trades among his successes. Those were all theatrical releases, but lately he’s been thriving in the streaming world, drawing great reviews for playing Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite is my name for Netflix. He produces and plays in Beverly Hills Cop 4 and opposite Jonah Hill in Barris-led Kenya you peopleboth for Netflix.

Kelly Younger - Credit: Jon Rou

Kelly Younger – Credit: Jon Rou

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Younger’s credits include writing and developing several projects for The Muppets Studio. He co-created and co-produced muppets nowand wrote and co-produced Haunted Muppet Mansionand has a story credit on Disney Animation’s Ralph breaks the internet. He also contributed to Frozen 2, Moanaand Raya and the last dragon while he was a member of the Disney Animation Story Trust.

Murphy is replaced by WME, ML Management and Ziffren Brittenham; Hudlin is replaced by CAA and Younger is Verve and Myman Greenspan.

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