How Much Will Netflix Pay Eddie Murphy for His Standup Comedy Comeback?

Eddie Murphy is a comedy legend, beloved by millions of fans for his string of successful films, his tenure on Saturday Night Live, and his iconoclastic standup specials.

The comedian has been out of the public eye for some time, preferring to lie low with his large brood of children and enjoy his success in quiet.

Still, the time is ripe for an Eddie Murphy revival, and rumors have been swirling about a possible deal with Netflix, which would see Murphy come out of semi-retirement and film what would surely be an incredible comeback special. 

When did Eddie Murphy stop making movies?

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Eddie Murphy was one of the biggest stars of the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. He rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, well-known for his hilarious characterizations of James Brown, Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson of Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, and Little Richard Simmons.

After becoming a star on SNL, Murphy continued to build his bank account through a series of hugely successful movies – including 48 HRS, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, and Coming to America

Murphy went into the 90s as big a star as ever and proved his bankability by remaking the 60s classic film, The Nutty Professor. Of course, Murphy has also played a role in one of the most successful animated films of all time, the 2001 classic, Shrek. Murphy’s turn as the wisecracking Donkey was a huge hit with audiences everywhere, and he went on to reprise the role in the film’s several sequels.

However, Murphy’s career entered a slowdown phase in the mid-2000s, and he became much more selective about the roles he would take on. 2016’s Mr. Church is the most recent film in Murphy’s filmography, although he will be returning to take part in the just-announced sequels to Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America

Is Murphy working on a deal with Netflix?

While many fans love Murphy for his contribution to the world of film, still more have been wondering if he will ever return to standup comedy. A recent article has revealed that not only is Murphy strongly considering it but that he is reportedly working on a deal with Netflix to do just that. 

Netflix is well-known for hit comedy specials. Comedy legend Dave Chappelle came out of semi-retirement in 2017 and released a series of live specials on Netflix, which would go on to become the most-viewed comedy specials in the history of the streaming platform.

The specials showed that audiences were still crazy for Chappelle, and he has since gone on to make more appearances – possibly as a result of the overwhelming success of his Netflix specials. Fellow comedian Chris Rock also raked in a huge payday as a result of his Netflix deal, to the tune of $40 million. The same could certainly be the case for Eddie Murphy, whose popularity certainly rivals Chappelle’s. 

How much money would Murphy make on his possible Netflix deal?

The news article goes on to discuss the large sums of money that are reportedly being discussed by Murphy and Netflix. Although the exact figure isn’t known, and Netflix refuses to discuss terms of negotiations, the article states that Murphy’s deal would net him a cool $70 million payday, which is more than what Chappelle earned for all three of his specials.

While nothing has been confirmed by Murphy, or by Netflix, the news is certainly intriguing. If Murphy makes his return to stand-up on Netflix, it could be a huge boost for the streaming service, which could be taking a hit from Disney’s new streaming service.

It could also give Murphy the push he needs to start making the rounds to comedy clubs everywhere, reuniting with the fans who still support him.