The Coming to America sequel is set to be helmed by Craig Brewer, and he will work from a script by Kenya Barris, who is re-writing the draft by David Sheffield and Barry Blaustein.
This is what Eddie Murphy said about the sequel:
“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.”
Kenya Barris added:
“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. From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”
It has been speculated that Coming to America 2 will head into production as a means for Paramount Pictures to actually get a pretty huge tax credit from the California Film Commission. All the fans have waited for many years to revisit the universe of Prince Akeem of Zamunda.
All the plot details for “Coming 2 America” are now being kept as a secret, but it is not like Murphy and Co. does not have any material to work with. The American culture has also changed a lot since the year, 1988, with there being a lot for an outsider to look in to observe and mock. Due to Black Panther, the very notion of African cultural nobility and wealth has become a real part of the Zeitgeist.
This is the synopsis for the original movie:
“Coming to America casts comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy’s regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince’s faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. To avoid fortune hunters, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a “Joe job” at a fast-food restaurant.”
Coming 2 America will release on August 7, 2020.