New dad Eddie Murphy is reprising one of his most famous roles for the sequel to “Coming to America.”
Paramount Pictures bosses have tapped Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer to take charge of the follow-up to the hit 1988 comedy, in which Murphy played an African prince on the hunt for a wife in New York.
Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name and it appears the two men got along so well they started talking about the project in between takes.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is reworking a script by Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the original Coming to America, while Murphy is among the producers.
According to Deadline, the sequel will revolve around the son of Murphy’s character, Akeem.
The prince returns to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.
Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley and James Earl Jones are all expected to return for the sequel.
“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.”
Barris admits she’s thrilled to be part of the project, adding, “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.”
My Name Is Dolemite, which wrapped recently, stars Murphy as the self-made ‘blaxploitation’ film star. Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Rock, Craig Robinson and T.I. also appear in the Netflix movie.
– Cover Media0