Eddie Murphy will voice the animated lead character in Alcon Entertainment’s live-action/animated big-screen Hong Kong Phooey, an adaptation of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated TV series Hong Kong Phooey, Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced Wednesday.
In addition to voicing the character of Donkey in the box-office hit Shrek franchise, Murphy was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the successful animated epic Mulan. Murphy will next be seen in the comedies Tower Heist (co-starring Ben Stiller) from Universal Studios and A Thousand Words from DreamWorks.
Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, Tooth Fairy 2) will direct. Kosove and Johnson will produce with Jay Stern and Brett Ratner. Steven P. Wegner will executive produce.
Said 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. Doolittle. We look forward to watching him reimagine yet another classic character.”
Based on the cult classic series, a mild-mannered dog named Penry (Murphy) stumbles into a mystic ceremony and is accidentally granted mystic powers, including the ability to walk, talk and do kung fu. Under the tutelage of his kung fu master, Penry dons a costume and becomes Hong Kong Phooey, and, with the help of his trusting sidekick Spot the cat, cleans up a rogues’ gallery of wacky criminals.
Comedian-singer Scatman Crothers voiced Penry/Hong Kong Phooey in the original series.