By on 11 August, 2011


Comedy actor Eddie Murphy has been picked to provide the voice to Hong Kong Phooey in Alcon Entertainment‘s live action/animated big screen adaptation of the of the 1970s HannaBarbera animated TV series!


Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove were excited to make the announcement, putting many rumours to bed.

They said:

“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. Dolittle.’ We look forward to watching him re-imagine yet another classic character.”


Based on the 70’s animation classic by Hanna-Barbera, this movie tells the story of a mild-mannered dog named Penry (Murphy), who discovers 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 puts on his 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!

Murphy‘s career in animation had been cemented after providing the voice for Donkey in the box-office hit ‘Shrek‘ franchise, and he is also known as 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‘) is set to helm the project, and Kosove and Johnson will produce along with Jay Stern and Brett Ratner. Steven P. Wegner will serve as exec producer.




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