Murphy, Robbins reteam for 'Words'

New DreamWorks comedy for 'Norbit' duo

Eddie Murphy and helmer Brian Robbins are in final negotiations to reteam for the DreamWorks comedy "A Thousand Words."

Pair recently collaborated on the laffers "Norbit" for DreamWorks and the upcoming "Starship Dave" for 20th Century Fox.

Story centers on a glib man who finds out that he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. Steve Koren ("Click") penned the screenplay.

Alain Chabat, Stephanie Danan, Nicolas Cage and Norm Golightly are producing.

Robbins and Sharla Sumpter, Bridgett are expected to come on to produce via Robbins' DreamWorks-based Varsity Pictures shingle. DreamWorks is eyeing a pre-strike start date.

Murphy is currently shooting the comedy "Nowhereland" for Paramount Pictures. He has several projects in development at various studios, including a bigscreen adaptation of "Fantasy Island" at Columbia Pictures.

Multihyphenate Robbins also directed "The Shaggy Dog," "The Perfect Score" and "Varsity Blues."

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