Without a doubt, one of my top Eddie Murphy films is Paramount Pictures’ Coming to America. The 1988 John Landis directed comedy follows the African prince of Zamunda, Akeem. He travels to New York to escape an arranged marriage that was set up by his father the King. Along with Murphy the film also starred Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. Now 32 years later, we are finally getting the anticipated sequel.
Unfortunately, 2020 has pushed backs films farther and farther into 2021 and 2022. But it looks like that will not be the case for Coming to America 2. According to Variety, the film is currently in the process of being sold by the distributor Paramount Pictures to Amazon Studios. The deal is said to be worth $125 million according to insiders. The rumored release date is also said to be December 18th, 2020.
Some details that include two complex consumer marketing tie-ins with McDonald’s and whiskey Crown Royal are being worked on. Those are also expected to transfer over to Amazon Studios with the film. Finally, the stars of the film asl must give their blessing. Jennifer Salke, Amazon Studios’ chief has made it a priority to bring in more commercial fare. One recent example is the Borat sequel. Also, they have acquired the Tom Clancy adaptation, Without Remorse. As well as Regina King’s One Night in Miami.
With no end in sight for the theater closures, Paramount had been exploring their options with Coming to America 2. It had a tentative release date of Christmas Day of this year. One option was also to selling the rights to the in-house to streamer CBS All Access. Other streaming services had also looked at acquiring the film as well. Paramount has already sold other films to streamers like Trial to the Chicago 7, Lovebirds, and Without Remorse.
It looks like Studios are going to have to unload some of their projects to streamers to bring in some cash. It’s a very unfortunate situation for theater owners across the country. Studio moves like this really hurt their chances of getting anything to show at their locations. But what choice do they really have?
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