Amazon nabs worldwide rights for 'Coming to America' sequel

Lawrence Kim
November 21, 2020

Following rumblings last month, Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights for the sequel to Eddie Murphy's classic comedy Coming to America from Paramount Pictures.

Amazon Studios announced that the film, which reunited Murphy and Arsenio Hall will debut on its streaming service on March 5 2021.

"Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time", Jennifer Salke of Amazon Studios said in the statement.

Honoree actor-comedian Eddie Murphy attends the WSJ.

The 1988 comedy about an African prince who moves to the USA in disguise as a poor foreign student to find real love was a huge hit at a time when Murphy was at the top of his movie career.

The sequel sees King Akeem back in his native Zamunda, before once again journeying to Queens in NY - where his on-film story began all those years ago.

The script will be written by former Saturday Night Live writers David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein along with Black-ish creator Kenya Davis.

Others making their return 32 years after the original include characters King Jaffe Joffer (played James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the motley barbershop crew. We are so excited for Amazon Studios to bring Eddie Murphy and Coming 2 America to a worldwide audience'.

Picking up decades after the first story, Akeem (Murphy), the Prince of Zamunda, and Semmi return to the USA when he discovers he has a son he didn't know about, promising hijinks and laughs. What we do know is that Jermaine Fowler will play Akeem's son Lavelle, while KiKi Layne will play Akeem's first daughter, Meeka.

Blaustein and David Sheffield, with story by Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Justin Kanew, based on characters created by Murphy.

The project is one of several that Paramount has sold this year to streamers, including Aaron Sorkin's "Trial of the Chicago 7" and the action-comedy "Lovebirds", both of which went to Netflix.

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