Richard Pryor Jr. Threatens To Sue Stepmom Over Dad’s Biopic
Earlier this month, we told you that some of Richard Pryor’s children were opposed to Nick Cannon playing their dad in the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed biopic. In our report, we also revealed that the children of the deceased comedian were at odds with their stepmother, Jennifer Lee Pryor, who is heavily involved in the production of the film.
Interestingly, Richard Jr. later changed his stance regarding Nick playing his dad in the film. As for what triggered his change of heart, Richard Jr. said:
“His passion. His commitment. It takes more than a comedian to play that part. It takes an actor. Anyone can do stand-up, but the movie is not about a stand-up comedian. It’s not about what he did on stage, it’s about his life.”
But despite changing his mind regarding who should play his dad, apparently, things are getting more intense, as Richard Pryor Jr. is reportedly threatening to drag his stepmom to court if she proceeds with the project. According to TMZ, Richard Jr. has already sent a cease and desist letter to Jennifer demanding that she put a stop to production of the film immediately. In the letter, he accuses the widow of practicing “illegal, fraudulent” activity to obtain movie rights.
Richard Jr.’s lawyer says that Richard Sr. was in poor mental and physical health when he signed over those rights to Jennifer back in 2005. He passed away in December of that year. We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops. We have a feeling Jennifer isn’t going down without a fight.
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