Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel Is Coming in 2020

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming to America. Image from Twitter @DiscussingFilm

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming to America. Image from Twitter @DiscussingFilm

The original 1988 comedy that saw Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem head to America with his servant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) will get a second chapter next year as the studio has set an August 7, 2020 release.

The film, originally set to be directed by Warm Bodies' Jonathan Levine who has since departed the project, will be directed by Craig Brewer.

The studio hired Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer to direct, and Deadline reports that the sequel will revolve around Prince Akeem learning about a long-lost son, and returning to America "to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda". Barris rewrote the script by the original film's writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield and remains onboard as an executive producer.

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The original film was directed by John Landis, and starred Murphy as a wealthy African prince who comes to Queens, New York posing as a poor man to search for a bride. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the "Coming to America", which was a major hit, grossing almost $300 million at the worldwide box office.

The "Coming to America" sequel is the second film to be set for August 7, 2020, following an untitled Warner Bros. event film. No other project has been announced for that date yet.

Brewer and Murphy are also working on the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, based on the life of Rudy Ray Moore, star of blaxploitation Dolemite films. He is also in pre-production for "Triplets".

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