11/08/2011 08:47 BST | Updated 11/10/2011 06:12 BST

Eddie Murphy, Voice Of Donkey In Shrek Films, To Voice Hong Kong Phooey Film

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Eddie Murphy is set to lend his voice to the lead cartoon character in the Hong Kong Phooey film, according to reports.

The Hollywood star - who voiced Donkey in Shrek and Mushu the dragon in Mulan - will use his talents for the live action-animated big-screen adaptation of the 1970s animated TV series, reported Deadline.

Producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are thrilled about Murphy's involvement, saying in a statement: "We could not be happier that Eddie Murphy will star as Phooey.

"There is no overstating his contributions to cinema, and to such enduring stars of family entertainments such as Shrek and Dr Doolittle. We look forward to watching him re-imagine yet another classic character."

Alex Zamm, who previously helmed Dr Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 and Inspector Gadget 2, will direct the film, based on the cult classic about mild-mannered dog Penry who is granted kung fu powers after stumbling into a mystic ceremony.

Penry later uses his Hong Kong Phooey alter-ego to clean up the streets, with the help of his trusty sidekick Spot the cat.

Next up for Eddie is Brett Ratner's crime comedy Tower Heist alongside Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick.