Rumors of a Coming To America sequel have been circling for some time, but then, rumors about new Eddie Murphy projects are a dime a dozen. The excitement that surrounds these rumors is a testament to our enduring love for Eddie Murphy, while the fact that they nearly ever pan out is a testament to just how hard it is to get him to sign onto a new project.
Prince Akeem is officially coming (back) to America.
"We've assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an fantastic job on Dolemite [Is My Name], and I'm looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen", Murphy said in a statement to the outlet.
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 was apparently eager to work with Brewer again and Coming to America 2 provided that opportunity.
It looks like Coming to America 2 might actually be happening folks. "We've assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an wonderful job on Dolemite [Is My Name], and I'm looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen".
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. Brewer, who previously worked with Paramount Pictures on Flow, Snake and the 2011 Footloose remake, will take the reins for the long-awaited sequel, which is penned by black-ish creator Kenya Barris. The initial draft of the script came from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. It is hoped that production on the film will kick off this year.
Said Kenya Barris: "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".
I don't know how it's going to work but it's supposed to work? We're nervous and skeptical about this one, but mostly we're just hyped.