The long wait for Eddie Murphy's next movie at Paramount Pictures is apparently over. The movie will be "Golden Child," an action-comedy set in India and Los Angeles.
A spokesman for the studio confirmed that a deal closed Thursday evening will have Murphy in front of the cameras this fall for a summer, 1986 release. "Everybody is very excited over here," said a high-ranking production executive. "We've got our Eddie movie."
The choice is a surprise. With about 20 projects in development specifically for Murphy at Paramount, the 23-year-old decided on a script by professional photographer Dennis Feldman who co-wrote "Just One of the Guys," a recent Columbia release. 'Golden Child" is the story of a blessed child born in India to lead his people but kidnaped by terrorists and taken to Los Angeles. Murphy will play a street-smart Los Angeles gumshoe who specializes in finding lost kids and is hired to find the golden child. Completed in January, the "Golden Child" script spawned a high-stakes bidding war among Paramount, Lorimar Productions, CBS Theatrical Films and several independent producers. Eventually, sources confirmed, Feldman was paid about $330,000 up front for the script, an enormous fee for a writer with just one credit.