Eddie Murphy Confirmed To Return For "Coming To America 2"

Lawrence Kim
January 12, 2019

The original Coming To America was a hit all the way back in 1988 - aka, the era when Eddie Murphy still made unquestionably good movies. Murphy is already attached to the new project, reprising his role as African prince Akeem.

This is insane! According to Deadline, Eddie Murphy is set to reprise his role as Prince Akeem for a sequel to the 1988 classic Coming To America!

Brewer helmed both Hustle & Flow and the 2011 Footloose remake, but recently he's been directing a number of episodes of the TV series Empire.

The writers of the original film, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, have written a script for the sequel, and it's now undergoing rewrites by Kenya Barris of Black-ish.

Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name and it appears the two men got along so well they started talking about the project in between takes. Murphy is producing the film alongside Kevin Misher while Barris will serve as executive producer.

What will Coming to America 2 be about?

The sequel is said to focus on the revelation that Akeem has a long-lost American son, a development which prompts him to return to the States to seek out his royal heir. Ideally, Paramount Studios would like numerous original stars to return including, James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, John Amos and Shari Headley. While a release date has yet to be determined, production looks to begin in 2019.

Murphy confirmed the news Friday, saying that he was "thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward", according to Entertainment Weekly.

Murphy apparently had a fantastic time working with Brewer on Dolemite, gushing over the producer in a statement regarding the sequel's announcement. "From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away". We're nervous and skeptical about this one, but mostly we're just hyped. Let us know in the comments!

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