Paramount Pictures is moving forward with plans for Coming To America 2 with star Eddie Murphy returning to his role as Akeem, with Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) set to direct.
Deadline reports that Murphy, who will also serve as producer, was “eager to work” again with Brewer, who directed him last year in the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, and that Kenya Barris, creator of the hit ABC TV series Black-ish, will rewrite a script by Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who were the original film’s screenwriters.
Murphy starred in the 1988 comedy Coming To America as Akeem, a well-to-do prince who leaves his African nation of Zamunda to come to United States to Queens, NY, to look for an independent woman to marry who will love him for himself and not for his title and wealth.
The original film was directed by the late John Landis, who directed Murphy in 1983’s Trading Places and then later in 1994’s Beverly Hills Cop III. Arsenio Hall co-starred as Akeem’s friend and aide Semmi, who travels with him to America, with James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair as Akeem’s royal parents; Shari Headley as his potential American love interest Lisa, Eriq La Salle as Lisa’s boyfriend, and John Amos as Lisa’s father.
According to Deadline, there’s plans to bring back the aforementioned original cast (aside from Sinclair, who passed away in 1995) for the planned sequel, which is expected to begin production this year. In it, Murphy’s Akeem will return to America to find his long-lost son and unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.
“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”
The original film debuted at number 1 and was a hit at the box office both commercial nationally and worldwide, earning almost $289,000 on a $39 million budget. The movie, in my opinion, still holds up today, so if the sequel is done right, it will be a likely hit as well.
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