Eddie Murphy is itching to get back onstage to perform stand-up comedy — and our sources say Netflix wants to give him the perfect landing pad — with a massive payday.
Sources connected to Murphy tell TMZ … the comedian has been locked in talks with the streaming giant for an undisclosed number of comedy specials. We’re told negotiations are hovering right around $70 MILLION for the deal … though we’ve been unable to firmly confirm the exact figure.
$70 mil sounds astronomical — Neil Armstrong astronomical — but it’s actually in line with the top dogs in comedy. Dave Chappelle scored $60 mil for 3 stand-up specials on Netflix back in 2017, and Chris Rock got $40 million for 2 specials the year before.
Murphy hung up the comedy mic years ago, and people have been clamoring for a comeback. So, given his track record — which is incredible — $70 mil seems in the ballpark.
Eddie was very open about his desire to return to stand-up during his conversation with Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” … saying if it’s gonna happen, he’s gotta get his groove back, although there are certain things that just come naturally … especially for him.