“Coming To America” Sequel Confirmed, And Yes, Eddie Murphy Will Be Returning

To everyone who loves the 80s movie Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy, I have some good news for you: thirty years after the movie first came out, it is finally getting a sequel!

That’s right, Prince Akeem will be returning to the big screen, in a sequel penned by Kenya Barris (Black-ish), who will be rewriting a script by the original writers, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. The sequel will be directed by Craig Brewer who recently collaborated with Murphy on Dolemite Is My Name.

Eddie Murphy, who will be reprising his role of Prince Akeem who comes to the States to find a wife after declining an arranged marriage, said in a statement:

After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward, 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.

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The sequel will follow Akeem as he returns to America after finding out about a long lost son, and the producers hope to assemble the original cast, including Arsenio Hall, who portrayed Semmi, the prince’s aide; Shari Headley, who played Lisa, Akeem’s love interest (and now wife); John Amos, Lisa’s father, and James Earl Jones as the King.

“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 writer Kenya Barris about having Craig Brewer as part of their team. “From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”

There is still no official release date, but production is thought to be starting in 2019.

 

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