Film studio MGM is going to make a biographical film about Richard Pryor,




Actor and producer Kenya Barris makes his debut as a film director in the still unnamed film about his colleague who died in 2005.

Nothing is known about the cast of the film yet.

The same goes for the release date.

Pryor's widow is happy with the film project and the cooperation of Barris, who is known as the producer of



America's Next Top Model,

among others


"The mystery of the genius Richard Pryor will finally be investigated. Kenya Barris is the perfect person to do this."

In 2016, Pryor's widow collaborated with Harvey Weinstein's production company on a film biography about her late husband.

That film, in which Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, among others, would have roles, never got off the ground.

Pryor is considered one of the most influential stand-up comedians ever.

The 1940-born American has also starred in films and series, including

Superman III


Harlem Nights


In addition to an Emmy Award, Pryor also won five Grammys.