Production has started up on NUTTY II: THE KLUMPS, the sequel to the $270million hit THE NUTTY PROFESSOR. Eddie Murphy will return to the role ofProfessor Sherman Klump in the Universal Pictures' and ImagineEntertainment flick. Singer and actress Janet Jackson co-stars in the film,which is produced by Brian Grazer (LIAR LIAR, BOWFINGER) and directed byPeter Segal (TOMMY BOY). Tom Shadyac, Murphy, Karen Kehela and James D.Brubaker are the executive producers, and the screenplay is scribed byBarry Blaustein, David Sheffield and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz (AMERICANPIE). Murphy once again is slated to play the various members of the Klumpfamily, who this time around will be fighting over a secret DNA formula.The script is full of opportunities for many crazy visual effects. The filmis scheduled for release on August 4, 2000.