It’s been 31 years since Prince Akeem graced us with his presence. He’s about to do it again.
Eddie Murphy has confirmed that the film is “officially moving forward” at Paramount with director Craig Brewer (Empire) and Kenya Barris (black-ish) rewriting the script. The initial draft of the script came from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is producing the film alongside Kevin Misher while Barris will serve as executive producer.
“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing 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 has Akeem returning to America when he learns of a long-lost son and unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. Paramount (and the rest of the world) is hoping the bulk of the original cast will return for the sequel. The original cast included Arsenio Hall, who played Prince Akeem’s aide, Semmi; Shari Headley, who played Lisa, Akeem’s love interest; John Amos, who played Lisa’s father Cleo, the owner of McDowell’s; and James Earl Jones, who played King Jaffe.
There is no word on when production will begin.