Sometimes it is just better not to question things. Eddie Murphy has been chosen as the voice the lead character in the live-action and animated movie Hong Kong Phooey which is based on the 70s Hanna-Barbera cartoon series. Alcon Entertainment’s co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the announcement on Wednesday.
Alex Zamm will direct the film with Kosove and Johnson being among multiple producers. A statement was released by Alcove:
Stated Johnson and Kosove: “We could not be happier that Eddie Murphy will star as Phooey. There is no overstating his contributions to cinema, and to such enduring stars of family entertainments such as ‘Shrek’ and ‘Dr. Dolittle.’ We look forward to watching him re-imagine yet another classic character.”
Intro to Hong Kong Phooey cartoon from the 70s
The film will be based on the character of Hong Kong Phooey who was a regular dog named Perry that just so happened to find his way into a ceremony which granted him special powers including the ability to talk, walk, and perform kung fu. From that moment on, he takes it upon himself to help others and fight crime.
Murphy is no stranger to voicing animated characters as he is well known for his work as Donkey in the Shrek franchise of films and also the dragon Mushu in Disney’s Mulan.
Those in the New Orleans area will be able to pre-order their tickets here for the film at the Elmwood Palace, Palace at Clearview Mall, and Chalmette Movies once a release date is announced and draws near.
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