Back before Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and Michael Peña became involved in the highest stakes tower heist ever recorded by greasy Brett Ratner, Tower Heist was a much different affair. Back then, the film went by the title Trump Heist, and as that equally-direct title implies, rather than robbing Bernie Madoff surrogate Alan Alda, the plan was then to take on Donald Trump and Trump Tower. Also, instead of allowing Stiller, Affleck, and Broderick to white up the set, the idea at that time was to show Donald Trump's vulnerability to the black comedy scene by teaming Murphy with a group of African-American comic contemporaries. Obviously, that didn't happen, and now Judd Hirsch is in this goddammer, but still Murphy has the dream of one day assembling the likes of Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, and Martin Lawrence, and making them all have a wack-ass weekend together. So now, Eddie Murphy says, he's writing that himself:
"I have this idea called 'Jamal and Tyrell and Omar and Brick and Michael's Wack-Ass Weekend' about this group of guys who get abducted by aliens on the way to the fights. I'm writing that now."
Aliens AND an ensemble cast of African-American comics--like Meet Dave, except now the ensemble isn't just another Eddie Murphy that somehow looks slightly sadder than the other! I'd call that an improvement, yeah?