After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that ‘Coming to America 2’ is officially moving forwardEddie Murphy
The first Coming To America was released 20 years ago and reports are coming in the sequel has finally got a director. Craig Brewer will be directing the iconic Eddie Murphy in the highly anticipated film that will see us revisit Akeem The Prince who most likely will be King now.
Deadline reports Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher and Barris is executive producer. Murphy likely will play multiple roles in addition to Akeem in the new movie, as he did in the first film. Arsenio Hall — who also played several characters in the original film — is expected to return for the sequel.
Although it was plagued by lawsuits and lukewarm reviews, “Coming to America” was a huge hit, like every Murphy movie of the 1980s: It earned $128 million at the U.S. box office, which made it the second highest-grossing film of 1988, behind “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
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. The intention is to bring back the original cast which includes Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi; Shari Headley, who was courted by the prince when he went undercover as a fast food worker; John Amos, who played her father; and James Earl Jones, who played the king.