Paramount Pictures has set an August 7, 2020, release date for its untitled sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy "Coming to America". Brewer, who previously worked with Paramount Pictures on Hustle & Flow, Blake Snake Moan and the 2011 Footloose remake, will take the reins for the long-awaited sequel, which is penned by black-ish creator Kenya Barris.
The film, originally set to be directed by Warm Bodies' Jonathan Levine who has since departed the project, will be directed by Craig Brewer. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the "Coming to America", which was a major hit, grossing almost $300 million at the worldwide box office. Kevin Misher will produce alongside Murphy, while Barris will executive produce.
Craig Brewer is set to direct the sequel to the 1988 comedy, in which Eddie plays Prince Akeem, the prince of a fictional African country who travels to America to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos also starred, with Hall playing his loyal right hand.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount announced Monday that the film will hit theatres on 7 August next year. With that date announced, an official production start date and cast reveal shouldn't be too very bad far behind, especially since the team will want to get the cameras rolling sooner than later.
Murphy will next star in "Dolemite Is My Name" which is now in post-production.