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Lee Daniels Out As Director of Richard Pryor Film

The Richard Pryor biopic hit another bump in the production road. The film, which stars Mike Epps as the iconic and troubled comedian, has just lost Lee Daniels as its director, reports Deadline.

While those involved say there’s no drama at the root of his split with the Weinstein Company production, Daniels’ responsibility as the co-director and showrunner of Fox’s hit series, Empire, makes for an extremely busy schedule.

Additionally, Daniels has just received a full season order from Fox for his new series, Star.

As it stands, while the hunt for a new director is in progress, production is still slated to begin in October with the originally announced cast members–Epps, Jennifer Hudson, and Orprah Winfrey.