According to Variety, DreamWorks and Imagine have set Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle scribes Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to write Johnny Blaze, an action comedy that will be developed as a star vehicle for Eddie Murphy. Imagine's Brian Grazer will produce.

Murphy would play the title character, an old-school rapper who retires and becomes a private eye who solves crimes within the hip-hop world.

The concept was hatched by Grazer and Murphy, who were looking for another collaboration. Grazer produced Murphy starring vehicles The Nutty Professor and its sequel as well as Bowfinger, and the two worked together as producers on TV series "The PJs" and the in-development pic The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Murphy will work for DreamWorks again voicing Shrek 3.