‘Coming to America’ sequel set for 2020 release

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

Although the sequel to 'Coming To America' was only announced a few weeks ago, a confirmed release date has now been set for it.

Eddie Murphy is already confirmed to return, and a statement released when the news was first announced seemed to suggest that Murphy was working on having the original characters and actors return. Jonathan Levine was previously attached to direct. A sequel to the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy has always been discussed, but Paramount made it official a year ago when the studio hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the screenplay for the original film, to write the sequel.

"Black-ish's Kenya Barris will rewrite a script by 'Coming to America" original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Murphy is expected to return for the follow-up, although no formal deal is in place yet.

The original film also starred James Earl Jones, John Amos, Shari Headley, and Arsenio Hall and racked up a global total of nearly $300 million at the box office.

The film is slated to hit theaters on August 7, 2020, and has yet to receive an official title.

Craig Brewer is set to direct the sequel to the 1988 comedy, in which Eddie plays Prince Akeem, the prince of a fictional African country who travels to America to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife.

Brewer and Murphy worked together recently on "Dolemite Is My Name" for Netflix in a story about comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

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