Eddie Murphy is returning to America with news of a belated sequel.
Coming to America is a bonafide comedy-classic, and its legacy has now withstood the test of three decades. The film was directed by John Landis, who helmed other beloved classics such as An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and of course, Trading Places. The director worked wonderfully with the great Eddie Murphy, and arguably his finest on-screen performance came courtesy of 1988’s Coming to America. Responsible for the story and boasting the lead role, Murphy starred as Prince Akeem Joffer, travelling from the fictional African nation of Zamunda in hopes of finding a marriage. Searching for somebody to love in America, a series of hilarious jokes and gags flood the narrative.
After so many years we are finally getting a sequel. Deadline broke the news that Murphy would be reprising his role and that the film had found a new director. Jonathan Levine (Snatched, 50/50) was originally set to direct the long-anticipated project, but reports confirm that Craig Brewer is sat comfortably in the director’s chair.
Murphy has gotten the ball rolling, informing that a Coming to America sequel is “officially moving forward” with the aforementioned Brewer directing. The filmmaker is responsible for 2005’s Hustle and Flow, 2006’s Black Snake Moan, and is currently working with Murphy on upcoming biopic Dolemite Is My Name. It’s great to hear that the sequel is finally underway, and with an enthusiastic filmmaker steering it in the right direction - Murphy’s excitement is certainly a good sign.
Reportedly the narrative will see Murphy’s prince return to America in search of his long-lost son. Hopefully, numerous cast members will reprise their roles after hearing of Murphy’s involvement; also, we can optimistically expect filming to begin this year. Perhaps Akeem Joffer’s return to America will signal Murphy’s triumphant return to Hollywood. In other sequel news, check out these new details for David Fincher’s World War Z follow-up.