Yes, a sequel 31 years after the original release is on its way. The 1988 film had Eddie Murphy playing a pampered African Prince who travels to New York City to find someone he loves in order to avoid an arranged marriage. Joining Murphy were Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. Coming to America was a major hit and grossed over 400 million worldwide.
The new movie, named Coming 2 America, sees Prince Akeem (Murphy) having to return to New York after he learns about a long lost son – the new heir to his throne of Zamunda. Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide, is on board, as is James Earl Jones, who played Akeem’s father. It is yet unconfirmed whether Shari Headley, who played Akeem’s love interest, has signed on, and John Amos, who played her father, has recently spoke about his interest in reprising his role in the sequel.
Murphy has confirmed that pre-production has now begun: “After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming 2 America is officially moving forward. We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer (Empire), 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 (Girls Trips), has taken over the rewriting duties from the original Coming to America writers, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. He had the following to say about the new director: “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.”
As of yet, there has been no mention of a release date to Coming 2 America.