Coming to America is one of Eddie Murphy’s funniest comedies, with arguably the best wedding dress of any eighties movie.
Sweet, romantic, and with plenty of memorable gags, this was Murphy at his very best; showing his impressive versatility as a comedic actor.
30 years later, this is still a favourite among those of us who harbour nostalgia for the eighties – and for a young Murphy.
And now it seems we could be getting another glimpse into the life of Prince Akeem, or will it be King Akeem by now?
A script for a Coming to America sequel, from original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, is currently being rewritten by Kenya Barris (Black-ish), reports Deadline.
Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) will be directing the film, which will bring together the cast of quirky characters, including Prine Akeem himself.
In a statement, Murphy said:
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.
Coming to America is my favorite movie. I’ve watched it too many times to count – on bootleg, videocassette rental, DVD, On Demand, cable. I watch it again whenever it pops up on my TV, know every line, laugh at the same places &… I have never wanted or felt I needed a sequel
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 11, 2019
#ComingToAmerica I can't wait I just heard that they making a sequel!! Hell yeah!#ComingToAmerica2 ! The 1st one was some of Eddy Murphy's best work! I hope this one just as good!
That boys good😂😂 pic.twitter.com/VFfD0pMYpu
— Proud maggot! (@ChiodasNo1Fan) January 12, 2019
In a statement, Barris said:
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.
— Will Polk ⚡ (@willmpolk) January 11, 2019
Today’s official announcement of a sequel to the 1988 comedy blockbuster #ComingToAmerica leads us to our star of the day, #EddieMurphy. What is your favorite Eddie Murphy performance? pic.twitter.com/OESZUdF3o8
— Cinema Wheelerte (@CinemaWheelerte) January 11, 2019
As of yet, no official start date for filming has been given. However, it’s hoped by the team and fans alike, production will begin in 2019.
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