Coming 2 America Just Got An Injection Of Star Power In The Form Of Wesley Snipes
It’s hard to believe that Coming To America, in all its Eddie Murphy glory, aired in 1988. In the 31 years since, rumours about a sequel have continued to circulate. But the chances of a sequel being in the pipeline seemed more the stuff of fan fiction than reality, until now.
Paramount Pictures have announced a director for the sequel and Eddie Murphy has since confirmed his involvement. By all accounts, it looks like we may just get our wish.
A statement from Murphy obtained by Entertainment Weekly reads: "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 [Is My Name], and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen."
The sequel, which IMDB has aptly titled Coming 2 America (hold the cheese, please), has hired Craig Brewer to helm the project, having recently directed Eddie Murphy in the upcoming biopic Dolemite Is My Name, which tells the story of comedian Rudy Ray Moore. Brewer’s credits include Hustle & Flow, Black Snack Moan, the 2011 Footlose remake, and episodes of Fox series Empire.
And of course, it wouldn’t be the same without Eddie Murphy and thankfully, the comedian is set to return as African Prince, Akeem. In the original film, Akeem travels to Queens, USA with the hope to find a potential bride. The sequel’s plot will find Akeem learning about a long lost son, leading him back to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne.
“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement. “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.”
Not to be outdone, another huge name has just been added to the cast in the likes of Wesley Snipes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Snipes will play General Izzi who is the ruler of Zamunda's neighbouring nation. It will be something of a reunion for Snipes, Murphy and Brewer, who previously all worked together on the upcoming biopic of comedian Rudy Ray Moore, Dolemite is My Name.
The screenplay is currently receiving a rewrite by Kenya Barris, who co-wrote the hilarious Girls Trip and is also the creator of comedy series, Black-ish. The script originally came from Coming to America scribes Barry Blaustein and David Sheffiel.
In a statement, Barris said: “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.”
In terms of the original cast members – Arsenio Hall, James Earl King Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos – it’s unclear which of them, if any, will be reprise their roles.
TMZ recently reported that 79-year-old John Amos, who played the notable Cleo McDowell in the original flick, is keen to join in on the fun of the sequel.
TMZ asked the actor, “Can you even film a Coming To America sequel without Mr. McDowell?”
“It would be kind of egotistical for me to say, ‘No, it wouldn’t be possible,’ but in Hollywood, anything is possible!” Amos exclaimed. “But I’d like to think they’re going to bring Mr. McDowell back if for no other reason than just to show the continuation of the characters who were established the first time out.”
It seems Amos has some ideas about his character arc for the new flick, and is hoping to sit down with Murphy and the writing team to discuss.
The film is slated to hit cinemas on August 7, 2020.