The rumors have been out there swirling for years, and now it looks like they have all pieced together to create a confirmation.
According to a shocking report from Deadline, Eddie Murphy has signed on to star in a sequel to 1988’s Coming to America. And while there had been rumors about this, no one expected it to actually happen, which is why the news is surprising.
The sequel will be directed by Craig Brewer, who just finished working with Murphy on the Netflix biographical comedy, Dolemite Is My Name.
“The original Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem, an African prince who travels to America to find a wife who will love him for him, rather than his immeasurable wealth and royal status.”
How will this sequel be different? Well, Deadline gives us the details…
“In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. The intention is to bring back the original cast which includes Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley, who was courted by the prince when he went undercover as a fast food worker, John Amos, who played her father, and James Earl Jones, who played the king.”
Pretty exciting sh*t, but also a little worrisome. Can they really create another classic? Has it been too long? I don’t know, but I’m happy they’re trying.
No release date has been announced, but filming could start later this year.[mashshare]