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Eddie Murphy IS Hong Kong Phooey!

The Norbit star officially gives up on ever winning an Oscar.

Well, this was probably inevitable: Hong Kong Phooey's being turned into a movie. The original 1970s Hanna-Barbera series starred The Shining's Scatman Crothers as Penrod "Penry" Pooch, a mild-mannered police station janitor who moonlights as a kung fu-fighting vigilante. Nobody knew his secret identity, which is interesting because Penry was the only other anthropomorphic dog in the world. Eddie Murphy has signed on to star in the upcoming live-action/CGI-animated hybrid, which might one day have brought an air of credibility to the movie but nowadays feels fairly appropriate.

Murphy's career has been see-sawing between respectability and, um… less-than-respectability for years now. His last clash with critical success was in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, which garnered the Coming to America star his first (and thus far only) Oscar nomination. Since then he's been relegated to family-oriented comedies like Norbit and Imagine That, between regular stints as the beloved "Donkey" in the increasingly unimpressive (but profitable) Shrek movies. He'll next be seen in Tower Heist, a crime comedy from director Brett Ratner, whom Deadline reports is also producing Hong Kong Phooey while he's at it.

This is the guy in charge of the Academy Awards now, don't forget.

CRAVE Online will return with more Hong Kong Phooey news if we can find it. It's like it's quicker than the human eye or something!