Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America 2 is going to happen finally. Paramount Pictures has just appointed Craig Brewer to direct the movie. Brewer is famous for movies such as Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Footloose, and Empire.
Murphy is set to reprise his role as Akeem from the original 1988 comedy. Akeem is the spoiled African prince who travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife who he can admire for her intelligence and will and not him for being a prince.
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 producers are expecting to bring back the original cast which also includes Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley, who was accompanied by the prince when he went to work as a fast food worker, John Amos, who played her father, and James Earl Jones, who played the powerful king, I have to say I am just too excited for the sequel, I love the original movie and this new sequel is most awaited.
The report points out that the female empowerment theme of the original movie seems timely in today’s climate. The script for the sequel was written by the original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip) is rewriting that script.
Murphy said in a statement:
“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.”
“Craig’s ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive, but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life. From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”
Production on the sequel is said to start in 2019.