It looks like Prince Akeem will be making his way back to the Big Apple after 30 years.
Director Craig Brewer, the filmmaker behind Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, will be in the Director’s Chair as Eddie Murphy returns to play Akeem in the sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Coming To America. Brewer and Murphy just wrapped the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, where Murphy portrays Dolemite actor Rudy Ray Moore, and are now moving forward with pre-production for Coming to America 2. Deadline reported the news Friday with a brief description of the sequel:
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.
In a statement, Murphy had this to say about the project:
“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.”
The script is written by Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Grown-ish), based off a draft from the original film’s writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. While a release date has yet to be determined, production looks to begin in 2019.
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