A sequel to 1988 comedy hit Coming to America has been circling a start for a while now, but it looks like it’s finally coming close to actually happening.
Paramount Pictures has lined up a director for the sequel, which IMDB has titled Coming 2 America, hiring Craig Brewer to helm. Brewer’s credits include Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, the 2011 Footloose remake, and episodes of Fox series Empire. Brewer recently directed Eddie Murphy in the upcoming biopic Dolemite Is My Name, which tells the story of comedian Rudy Ray Moore. Dolemite is to be released by Netflix.
Murphy is set to return as African prince Akeem, who we met as he travelled to Queens, USA in the search for a potential bride. The sequel’s plot will find Akeem learning about a long lost son, leading him back to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne. Original cast members Arsenio Hall, James Earl King Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos are being sought after to reprise their roles.
“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, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”
The screenplay is currently receiving a rewrite by Kenya Barris, who co-wrote Girls Trip and is the creator of comedy series Black-ish. The script originally came from Coming to America scribes Barry Blaustein and David Sheffiel.
Said Barris in his statement: “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.”
Deadline broke the news of Brewer’s sign up, reporting that there’s hope cameras on the sequel will be rolling sometime this year.