‘Coming To America 2’ Finds Director for Sequel
Written by KFAT on January 29, 2019
Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – It has been 20 years since 1988’s “Coming To America” was released by Paramount and finally it’s getting a sequel!
Plans of the sequel have been announced in 2017 as The California Film Commission, an economic development agency of the United States to ensure Calfornia’s position as location choice for television shows, films and commercial production, granted ‘Coming to America’ and ‘For v. Ferrari’ tax credit.
The tax credit will cover 25 percent of the movie’s budget and has sponsored other films like Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”, box office smash ‘Bumblebee’ and even the Oprah led “A Wrinkle In Time”.
Eddie Murphy, famous for roles such as the voice of Donkey in the “Shrek” franchise and “The Nutty Proffessor”, will reprise his role as Prince Akeem from the fictional African nation of Zamunda who goes to America in hopes to find a woman he can marry.
Other of the film stars such as Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos are slated to return.
The film grossed over $300 million in the box office worldwide when it came out, Variety reported. It also shot a Pilot episode in hopes of getting the spinoff to television networks but was never picked up in 1989.
Craig Brewer who has helmed ‘Hustle & Flow’ and written by sitcom writer of “Black-ish” Kenya Barris will direct the next installment. Eddie Murphy and Kevin Misher will produce.
Murphy and Brewer have worked prior to the announcement of the sequel in streaming giant Netflix’s documentary about comedian Rudy Ray Moore, “Dolemite is my Name”.
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