Like it or not, the Hong Kong Phooey movie is moving forward. Based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon TV series, the new movie will combine live-action with animation.
Eddie Murphy has been announced as the voice of the title character. He’ll follow in the footsteps of another African-American comic actor, Scatman Crothers. He voiced bungling Hong Kong Phooey in the 16 episode animated series back in 1974.
The two performers also share a connection in that they both worked with Redd Foxx. Crothers appeared on Foxx’s Sanford & Son and Murphy has said that he idolized Foxx. Murphy also directed and acted with Foxx in the Harlem Nights feature film. Crothers died in 1986 at the age of 76.
Here’s the press release:
LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 10, 2011 — Eddie Murphy will give voice to the animated lead character in Alcon Entertainment’s live action/animated big screen adaptation of the of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated TV series HONG KONG PHOOEY, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
In addition to voicing the character of Donkey in the box-office hit “Shrek” franchise, Murphy was also the voice of Mushu, the Dragon, in the successful animated epic “Mulan.” Murphy will next be seen in the comedies “Tower Heist,” co-starring Ben Stiller from Universal Studios and “A Thousand Words,” from DreamWorks.