Hollywood Reporter

3-genre threat Murphy signs with D'Works.(Eddie Murphy)(Brief Article)

After a successful collaboration on the block - buster "Shrek," for which a sequel is due out in the summer, the film's co-star Eddie Murphy has inked a two-year, first-look production deal with DreamWorks Pictures.

The deal cements a long-standing relationship between the star and studio topper Jeffrey Katzenberg that goes back 20 years to when Katzenberg was an executive at Paramount and Murphy was a rising comedian making his big-screen debut in the studio's 1982 feature film "48 HRS."

Their relationship continued on such Paramount features as "Trading Places" and "Beverly Hills Cop" before Katzenberg left to join the Walt Disney Co. in 1984.

Murphy, who hasn't formally had a production deal with any studio, has enjoyed a close relationship with Imagine Entertainment, for whom he has made such films as "The Nutty Professor" and its sequel. …

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