Eddie Murphy is reportedly gearing up to return to the stage after a long hiatus from standup comedy.
Murphy, 58, is reportedly negotiating a series of comedy specials with Netflix, reports New York Post.
According to TMZ, the streaming behemoth has been “unable to firmly confirm the exact figure” but the pay that Murphy receives might be in alignment with what headliners of the legendary comedian and actor’s caliber can demand from Netflix.
For each of Dave Chappelle’s award-winning specials, he received $20 million, Chris Rock banked $40 million for two-shows and Any Schumer reportedly received more than $11 million for her last comedy special on Netflix.
Murphy has teased a return to stand up comedy for a while. He even hinted at it during a surprise appearance on Jerry Seinfield’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
“You know that you not doing stand-up drives people crazy — you know that, right?” Seinfeld asked him.
Murphy shared that standup icon Don Rickles asked him to come back to the mic before he passed in 2017.
“I’m going to do it again,” Murphy told Seinfeld. “Everything just has to be right. You have to get up there and start working out. Still gotta go to the comedy club.”
Netflix reps told the New York Post that the streaming platform doesn’t talk about the financial details of its contract negotiations.