Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel Set for 2020 Release

Lawrence Kim
February 12, 2019

The hotly-anticipated sequel to 1988's Coming To America has been given an official release date of August 7, 2020, exciting Eddie Murphy fans everywhere. The California Film Commission awarded Paramount a $13 million tax credit last April for "Coming to America 2" but that was conditioned on production launching within 180 days. However, it was only on the condition that it would begin filming within 6 months.

Black-ish's Kenya Barris will rewrite a script by Coming To America original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is one of the main producers alongside Kevin Misher.

The original film was directed by John Landis, and starred Murphy as a wealthy African prince who comes to Queens, New York posing as a poor man to search for a bride. A previous statement from Murphy that was released in support of Brewer heading up the Coming to America sequel suggests that original cast members Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones may be back in action for another go-round.

The "Coming to America" sequel is the second film to be set for August 7, 2020, following an untitled Warner Bros. event film.

As for the cast and crew, having recently directed a number of episodes of the TV series Empire, Brewer now shares a shorthand with Murphy, having just directed him in the upcoming film, Dolemite Is My Name.

Eddie also has a child with the Spice Girls star, Mel B. Previously, the issue of who should take custody of the young girl was a point of contention between Stephen Belafonte and Mel B. Eddie Murphy never commented on the matter.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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