Brandon Murphy, the screenwriter who co-wrote final yr’s action-comedy sequel Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, died January 9 in Los Angeles, associates instructed Deadline. He was 43. No reason behind loss of life was given.
Murphy penned Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard along with his youthful brother, Phillip Murphy, and with Tom O’Connor, who wrote the unique 2017 pic. Both starred Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, with Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas becoming a member of for the sequel. The latter opened to $17 million home on Father’s Day weekend final yr and completed at $70 million.
Murphy additionally wrote and was making his directing debut on horror thriller Snow Valley, which was in postproduction on the time of his loss of life.
In 2011, the Murphy brothers made the Black List with their script The Last Drop, and the venture now’s arrange at 21 Laps, starring Vince Vaughn and Sharon Horgan. It follows Clay Mason (Vaughn), a culinary present host is the lifetime of a endless celebration and has introduced his profession to the tipping level of final success. Just as his debilitating way of life begins to unwind him, he crosses paths with Holly (Horgan), a spirited girl named who makes a speciality of reclaiming misplaced, undervalued gadgets for her vintage store.
Born in Watertown, NY, in 1978, Murphy gained notoriety throughout a stint in New York City within the mid-2000s because the underground graffiti artist secretly chargeable for the ever present, although misspelled, “Rod Stuart Love the Hamptons” tags. During that point, he bought a pitch for his first characteristic, Pony Bush, to Dimension. Friends inform Deadline that when the cash from the script sale got here in, he went to Los Angeles, booked a room at Chateau Marmont and proceeded to spend each final nickel of it in brief order.
A good friend as soon as requested him, “Is it true after Pony Bush you blew 60 grand in two months?” Murphy replied with considered one of his well-known one-liners, “No, it was 80 grand in one month.”
Brandon Murphy additionally was an summary artist and fronted the L.A.-based band D.O.L. — quick for “Drunk Old Ladies” — and filmed a video for his or her track “Astro-Time” that starred Chris Messina.
The Murphy brothers, who labored on a number of movies as a writing staff, additionally hosted Camp Goodboy, a weekly podcast on which invited company joined them for a satirical critique on popular culture and present occasions. See their Instagram here.