Eddie Murphy Is Coming Back To America Just In Time

Nearly two years ago, it was revealed that Eddie Murphy was working on a sequel script to one of his most beloved films, Coming To America. The original 1988 John Landis-directed movie was based on a story by Murphy. He starred in the film as “Prince Akeem” alongside a talented cast that included Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, James Earl Jones, and a plethora of would-be stars.

The likelihood of Coming To America 2 reaching theaters has now escalated. Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has named Craig Brewer as the film’s director. More importantly, Murphy will reprise one of the most memorable roles of his film career. The report adds that Paramount hopes to secure Hall, Headley, Amos, and Jones, among others. Deadline also confirms the Coming To America 2 plot. “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.”

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Since 2017’s news, Murphy has moved into an executive producer role. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is said to be revising a script started by David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein, the pair credited with the 1988 film’s writing and dialogue.

“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming To America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement published at Deadline. “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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In addition to working with Murphy on Dolemite, Brewer’s director credits include Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, the Footloose remake, and numerous episodes of Empire.

There have been no shooting or release dates announced at this time.