The biopic about comic legend Richard Pryor needs a new director. Lee Daniels has left the long-awaited project, EW confirmed on Sunday night.
A busy schedule was cited as reason for the exit. In addition to his duties on Fox hit Empire, which Daniels co-created, the director is executive producing the Fox musical drama Star, which the network recently ordered to series.
Daniels was first attached to the Richard Pryor project in January of 2014. At that time, actors like Michael B. Jordan, Eddie Murphy, and Marlon Wayans were cited as circling the role of Pryor, but the part would wind up going to Mike Epps. The comedian is still expected to play Pryor in the film, alongside a supporting cast that includes Murphy (as Pryor’s father), Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson. A new director is currently being sought to lead that cast to the big screen.
The news of Daniels’ exit was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.