News

Richard Pryor’s son threatens to sue to stop biopic

Richard Pryor’s son threatens to sue to stop biopic

RICHARD PRYOR: The comedian, seen here in 1993, died in 2005. Photo: Associated Press

Richard Pryor’s son has threatened legal action in a bid to block production on Lee Daniels’ new movie about the famous funnyman.

Lawyers representing Richard Pryor, Jr. have sent a cease and desist letter to the star’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor, who is contributing to the film biopic, urging her to stop work on the project amid a dispute over name rights.

In the letter, obtained by TMZ.com, the star’s son accuses his stepmother of using “illegal, fraudulent” activity to obtain the rights to her husband’s name. He is also reportedly threatening to take legal action if the biopic moves forward.

Rapper/actor Nick Cannon has been linked to the lead role in the movie.

Pryor died in 2005 at 65 after suffering a heart attack. He spent years battling multiple sclerosis prior to his death.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Janet Jackson kicks off world tour

16-overlay2

The "Rhythm Nation" hitmaker took the stage in an all-white ensemble and was joined by a group of young girls — her "JTribe" — to perform classic hits and songs from her upcoming 11th album, "Unbreakable."

in Entertainment

Nicholas Hoult to take on J.D. Salinger in new biopic

nicholashoult

The British actor will portray the beloved American author in "Rebel in the Rye."

in Entertainment

‘Spectre’ could be Daniel Craig’s last ‘Bond’ movie

danielcraig

The British star, whose turn in "Spectre" marks his fourth time playing 007, has now admitted he has no current plans to appear in another Bond movie

in Music

Smokey Robinson gets tribute treatment in Cleveland

smokeyrobinson

Case Western Reserve University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are going to spend a week studying and celebrating Smokey Robinson.

in Viral Videos

WATCH: Truck vs. Tree

17-overlay

Witness the power!