Forest Whitaker has signed on to produce Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, a biopic centering on the life of late comedian Richard Pryor. The actor will produce alongside the comedian's widow, Jennifer Pryor and his Significant Productions partner Nina Yang Bongiovi.

The actor-producer will oversee the development of a new screenplay, although it isn't known if a writer has been attached yet. Forest Whitaker recently produced the indie hit Fruitvale, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Bill Condon was previously attached to direct Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, which had Marlon Wayans poised to play the comedy legend. The project fell apart when Bill Condon signed on to direct The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Since Forest Whitaker is developing a whole new screenplay, it seems unlikely they will keep that previous title. No production schedule was given.

Richard Pryor overcame an unconventional childhood, being raised in a brothel, to become a legend with his edgy brand of stand-up comedy that captivated the nation. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1974 comedy classic Blazing Saddles and starred in a string of 1980s comedy hits such as Stir Crazy, The Toy, Brewster's Millions, and many more.