Coming to America, the classic 1988 comedy starring Eddie Murphy as an African prince traveling incognito to Queens to find true love, is getting a sequel more than 30 years after its initial release.
The original Coming to America came during Murphy’s run as a major movie star in the 1980s. In that film, Murphy starred as Prince Akeem of the fictional African nation Zamunda, who decides to visit New York and search for a bride. In the film, both Murphy and co-star Arsenio Hall played multiple characters behind heavy makeup.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has signed on Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) to helm Coming to America 2. The filmmaker intends to reunite Murphy with the the rest of the original cast, which includes Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones.
Kenya Barris, the creator of the sitcom Black-ish and also wrote the big hit Girls Trip, is currently rewriting a script penned by the original film’s screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, with production set to begin sometime in 2019. Brewer just wrapped up working with Murphy on Dolemite Is My Name, a biographical film on comedian Rudy Ray Moore that will be released later this year on Netflix.
In a statement, Murphy said, “After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward. 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.”