30 years after, Eddie Murphy signs new deal to make a sequel of ‘Coming To America’
Eddie Murphy, 57, will be reprising his role as Akeem, an African prince who travels to America to find a bride worthy of his respect.
Over 30 years after Eddie Murphy starred as Prince Akeem in Coming to America, the actor will star in a sequel that’ll be scripted by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.
A script by original screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield is being rewritten by Black-Ish writer Kenya Barris.
According to the outlet, the sequel follows Akeem as he returns to America to find a long lost son.
Plans for a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy were first announced in 2017 with director Jonathan Levine and Coming to America‘s original screenwriters on board but it didn’t follow through.
many of the original characters will return as well, including Arsenio Hall as Akeem’s assistant Seemi, Shar Headley, whom Akeem found in New York, John Amos, who played her father, and James Earl Jones, who depicted Akeem’s father the king.
While there is no production date yet, it is reportedly set to start shooting sometime in 2019.
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” Murphy said in a statement.