We’ve been saying since 2013 that there needs to be a sequel to Coming to America and now, after a protracted improvement, it’s truly occurring.
Eddie Murphy, who’s reprising the lead function of African Prince Akeem, confirmed the movie is “formally shifting ahead” at Paramount because the studio faucets a brand new director, Craig Brewer (Fox’s Empire), EW has discovered.
“After a few years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is formally shifting ahead,” Murphy stated in a press release. “We’ve assembled a terrific staff that will probably be led by Craig Brewer, who simply did an incredible job on Dolemite [Is My Identify], and I’m wanting ahead to bringing all these traditional and beloved characters again to the large display.”
The studio initially employed Jonathan Levine (Snatched) in 2017 to direct the sequel to the 1988 comedy, however he has since bowed out. The story sees Akeem returning to America when he learns of a long-lost son and unlikely inheritor to the throne of Zamunda. Paramount is hoping the majority of the unique forged — which included Arsenio Corridor, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos — will return for the sequel.
black-ish creator Kenya Barris is rewriting the script, which was penned by Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Fingers are crossed for manufacturing to begin filming someday this 12 months.
“Craig’s potential to create a definite cinematic world with every of his movies shouldn’t be solely spectacular, but in addition what made him precisely the voice and imaginative and prescient we wanted to carry this story to life,” Barris stated. “From Hustle and Circulate to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Identify, he by no means fails to blow me away. He’s a real auteur and we couldn’t be extra thrilled to have him on board.”
Deadline was the primary to report the information.