Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel Set for 2020 Release

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 12, 2019

Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has officially announced the release date for the sequel of Eddie Murphy's 1998 comedy classic, Coming to America. Brewer, who previously worked with Paramount Pictures on Hustle & Flow, Blake Snake Moan and the 2011 Footloose remake, will take the reins for the long-awaited sequel, which is penned by black-ish creator Kenya Barris. A sequel to the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy has always been discussed, but Paramount made it official past year when the studio hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the screenplay for the original film, to write the sequel.

The "Coming to America" sequel is the second film to be set for August 7, 2020, following an untitled Warner Bros. event film.

Murphy is producing alongside Kevin Misher, while Barris is executive producing.

The original movie was directed by John Landis, with Murphy playing a charming African prince who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. With that date announced, an official production start date and cast reveal shouldn't be too terrible far behind, especially since the team will want to get the cameras rolling sooner than later.

As for the cast and crew, having recently directed a number of episodes of the TV series Empire, Brewer now shares a shorthand with Murphy, having just directed him in the upcoming film, Dolemite Is My Name.

Murphy is expected to return for the follow-up, although no formal deal is in place yet. He is also in pre-production for "Triplets".

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