Entertainment show Access Hollywood caught up with actor Eddie Murphy at the premiere of his new movie Shrek Forever After and learned that the actor has been developing ideas for a potential third “The Nutty Professor” movie, confirming a story from a few years back.
There’s no word whether Universal may have any interest in doing another movie, but according to Murphy, it will depend on whether they find his ideas funny. With The Nutty Professor grossing $273 million worldwide in 1996, and its sequel Nutty Professor II: The Klumps grossing $161 million four years later, a third movie certainly has potential similar to Universal’s “Meet the Parents” comedy franchise.
Whether a third movie gets a greenlight may also depend on whether Universal sees Murphy as a bankable comedy star, being that his last two comedies, Meet Dave and Imagine That, bombed, and Murphy’s new DreamWorks movie A Thousand Words, his third movie with Norbit director Brian Robbins, has yet to be given a U.S. release date despite having been finished since last October. That movie may just be caught up in the transition of distribution companies from Paramount to Disney, though countries like Argentina, Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands have already booked the movie in early 2011, over a year after its completion.