‘Coming to America’ sequel set for 2020 release

Esequiel Farfan
Febrero 12, 2019

The sequel to the classic Coming to America will be released on August 7, 2020.

Eddie Murphy is already confirmed to return, and a statement released when the news was first announced seemed to suggest that Murphy was working on having the original characters and actors return. That plot has some very basic similarities to the subplot of Black Panther, so one wonders if that film's success provided the motivation and momentum needed to get another installment of Coming to America off the ground.

Kenya Barris has been attached since 2017 to rewrite a script by original "Coming to America" writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

The premise of the sequel surrounds Akeem finding out that he has a long-lost son before going back to the United States to meet his son and bring him back to Zamunda as the throne to the heir.

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The film, originally set to be directed by Warm Bodies' Jonathan Levine who has since departed the project, will be directed by Craig Brewer. Eddie Murphy and Kevin Misher will share the producer role.

In the original, Murphy played an African prince [Akeem] who comes to Queens, New York to avoid an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos also starred, with Hall playing his loyal right hand. The film will be directed by Craig Brewer, whose credits includes Hustle & Flow.

Murphy will next star in "Dolemite Is My Name" which is now in post-production.

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