LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Comedy legend Eddie Murphy is reportedly in talks about a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix that will see him return to the standup stage.
Murphy, who is 58, hasn’t performed in years, but according to TMZ, he is in negotiations with Netflix for a series of comedy specials.
TMZ reported that sources close to Murphy suggested the deal might be worth as much as $70 million for the comedian, which would put him at the high end of similar standup deals between the streaming service and other comedians.
Chris Rock reportedly banked $40 million for his two-show deal, while Dave Chappelle was reported to have seen $20 million each for his three Netflix specials.
Murphy is one of the progenitors of the stand-up special, with his “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” special for HBO in 1983 and “Eddie Murphy Raw”, which saw theatrical release in 1987, helping to redefine the comedy format.
Murphy discussed his desire to return to the standup stage during a recent appearance on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
In the clip, Seinfeld tells Murphy that his not doing standup “drives people crazy.” Murphy conceded the point and said the late comedian Don Rickles made a similar observation to Murphy shortly before he passed.
“I’m going to do it [standup] again,” Murphy told Seinfeld, adding “But everything has to be, you know, right.” He added that to perfect his act, he’d need to ‘work out’ in comedy clubs’ to perfect his act.