'Coming To America 2' Is Officially Happening, With Eddie Murphy To Star

Angelo Anderson
January 12, 2019

Rumors of a Coming To America sequel have been circling for some time, but then, rumors about new Eddie Murphy projects are a dime a dozen. He starred as Akeem, a pampered African prince who went undercover in Queens, New York to escape an arranged marriage and find a woman to love.

The upcoming sequel to the acclaimed 1988 Eddie Murphy-led comedy Coming to America has found its director in Craig Brewer, known for writing and directing the acclaimed 2005 musical drama Hustle & Flow and modest 2006 success Black Snake Moan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name and it appears the two men got along so well they started talking about the project in between takes. Barris rewrote a script by the original film's writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield and remains onboard as an executive producer. Murphy is producing the film alongside Kevin Misher while Barris will serve as executive producer.

Murphy gushed in a statement:'After many years of anticipation, I'm thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward. Ideally, Paramount Studios would like numerous original stars to return including, James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, John Amos and Shari Headley. Here's hoping Brewer, Murphy, screenwriter Kenya Barris and company serve up something that honors the original.

Here's the synopsis: In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. "Craig's ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive, but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life", said the scribe. We're nervous and skeptical about this one, but mostly we're just hyped. While a release date has yet to be determined, production looks to begin in 2019. Let us know in the comments!

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