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Marlon Wayans is in advanced talks to play comedy legend Richard Pryor in “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?” for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures.

The $20 million production will follow Pryor’s controversial brand of comedy and his battle with drugs reports, Entertainment Weekly.

“Dreamgirls” and “Gods & Monsters” writer/director Bill Condon will direct from his own screenplay, while Chris Rock, Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor and Mark Gordon are also on board as producers.

Wayans beat out Eddie Murphy who was originally attached to star. Sources tell that Wayans fought for the role, blowing the producers away with a 13- min screen test where he “transforms into Pryor.”