'Coming to America 2' Confirmed By Eddie Murphy
Comedian Eddie Murphy has made a lot of his fans very happy. He confirmed on Friday, January 11, 2019 that Coming to America 2 will begin production this year, probably in the next six months. Murphy is very happy himself to reprise his role as Prince Akeem from the 1988 movie.
The actor has been successful over the years. Whenever his name comes up in conversations, it is usually a reminder of his role in the blockbuster film Coming to America. Now fans have something else to talk about.
Paramount Pictures is looking forward to bringing the movie to the big screen perhaps with the original cast. For those who might not remember, Murphy is the creator of the original movie. After the success of that movie, there was a television pilot for a spinoff in 1989. However, no television network picked up the series. Now fans are getting another chance to see Murphy in the role of an African prince.
In the 1988 comedy, Prince Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, comes to America and goes undercover while he looks for a wife in Queens, New York. He was unhappy with the African royal women his parents picked for him as they wanted an arranged marriage.
Because Akeem goes undercover, Murphy plays several roles including a soul singer, a white Jewish barbershop customer and the owner of a barbershop. Hall also plays several roles as he, too, goes undercover.
Actors in the film along with Murphy included Arsenio Hall who played Prince Akeem's friend and aide Semmi. who also plays at least three other roles. James Earl Jones was king and Akeem's father. Shari Headley was the woman in Akeem's left when he went undercover as a fast food worker. John Amos player her father.
Deadline and Entertainment Weekly detailed that the sequel will feature Prince Akeem returning to America because he has a long lost son. Hopefully, the original cast will return in the same role they had the first time around. It will be interesting to see who will play the part of the lost son who is actually the heir to the throne of Zamunda. He was not part of the original cast.
Craig Brewer is directing the sequel. Kenya Barris, the creator of the television show Black-ish, is rewriting a script that was written by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Barris is also executive producer while Murphy and Kevin Misher are producers.
In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. The intention is to bring back the original cast which includes Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi; Shari Headley, who was courted by the prince when he went undercover as a fast food worker; John Amos, who played her father; and James Earl Jones, who played the king.
Reactions About the Upcoming Sequel
Murphy said in a statement that he is thrilled that the project is going forward after many years of anticipation. He added that he is looking forward to bringing all the beloved characters back to the big screen.
Writer Kenya Barris is excited about the opportunity to continue the 1988 story. Everyone else involved in the production is glad that entertain fans by continuing the saga of Prince Akeem.
Comments on social media are positive. Many people said it is about time for Murphy to return with Coming to America. One person said Eddie Murphy is taking his rightful place on the throne by returning.
Even though it has been 31 years since the original movie, people still wondered if there would be a sequel. So, now they know. It is official because the main character and producer Eddie Murphy confirmed it by making a statement himself.
Other Good News About Eddie Murphy
This is not the only exciting news for the 57-year-old actor and comedian. Back in November 2018, he became a father for the 10th time with a 5th mother. He and his fiancée Paige Butcher welcomed their second child together.
They named their son Max Charles Murphy. His middle name is a tribute to Eddie's deceased brother Charles who died in 2017 from leukemia. Max joins big sister two-year-old Izzy Oona Murphy.