Eddie Murphy will be present when “Coming to America” returns around the globe.
The actor will reprise his role as African Prince Akeem in a sequel more than 30 years in the making. “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]’,” he expressed. “I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”
Brewer and Murphy just collaborated on “Dolemite” which also starred Wesley Snipes, Craig Harrison, Tituss Burgess, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Rock, Mike Epps, and rapper T.I.
There is no production or release date for the “Coming to America” sequel. There is no word on if original cast members Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and John Amos will appear, but the film does have a scriptwriter.
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris will pen the sequel. “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,” Barris said.
“He never fails to blow me away,” continued Barris. “He is a true auteur and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”
Following Murphy’s original announcement, Variety reports that the still-untitled sequel now has a release date: Aug. 7, 2020.
In the meantime, you can look forward to the impending release of “Dolemite” on Netflix following its June 2018 production start.