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Word of Mouth: Eddie Murphy's 'Heist' gets a rewrite [Video]

November 3, 2011 |  5:33 pm

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Eddie Murphy’s original idea for what would become “Tower Heist” -- an all-black “Ocean’s Eleven” -- changed a lot on the way to theaters this weekend. While the basic parameters of the story remained intact, the cast and the villain changed materially from when Murphy first came up with the idea six years ago. In this week’s Word of Mouth column, staff writer John Horn looks at the film’s development, and what’s at stake not only for Murphy but also the film’s director, Brett Ratner.

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Photo: Ben Stiller, left, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck and Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist." Credit: David Lee / Universal Pictures

Photo: Ben Stiller, left, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena, Casey Affleck and Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist." Credit: David Lee / Universal Pictures


 
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