Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Coming to America 2 is 'officially moving forward' with Eddie Murphy

Coming to America 2 is 'officially moving forward' with Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy will be present when "Coming to America" returns around the globe.

The Hustle & Flow director was tapped by Paramount Pictures to helm a sequel to the hit comedy, according to a report from Deadline Friday. Brewer is best known for directing Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, and the Footloose remake, though he's also helmed episodes of Empire and The Shield.

Black-Ish's Kenya Barris is now re-writing a script by the original writers of Coming To America, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

The 57-year-old comedian went on to reveal that the film has already locked in Craig Brewer, who directed him in the forthcoming film, Dolemite.

Murphy gushed in a statement:'After many years of anticipation, I'm thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward.

The sequel's plot reportedly involves Prince Akeem leaving Zamunda and returning to America, after getting word that he has a long-lost son and heir to his throne.

It is hoped that the sequel will reunite the original Coming To America cast, including Arsenio Hall as Akeem's sidekick Semmi, Shari Headley as his love interest Lisa, John Amos as Lisa's dad and James Earl Jones as his own father, the king.

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".

"He never fails to blow me away", continued Barris. We're nervous and skeptical about this one, but mostly we're just hyped.

Brewer is repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman, and Murphy is WME, ML Management and Ziffren Brittenham's Matt Johnson and Skip Brittenham; Barris is CAA, Artists First and attorney Gregg Gellman. Fingers are crossed for production to start filming sometime this year.

FYI, if you think you know the original film inside and out, we urge you to take our quiz.

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