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A ‘Coming to America’ sequel on the way

Paramount Pictures

After nearly three decades, Coming to America is getting the sequel treatment.

According to Variety, Paramount Pictures is moving forward with a follow-up to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy with Jonathan Levine on board to direct from a script by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

Levine, whose film credits include Snatched, The Night Before, 50/50, and Warm Bodies, will direct while Barris takes on a full rewrite from a screenplay by original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Kevin Misher is also slated to produce.

Although there’s no deal in place yet, Murphy is reportedly involved with development. As previously reported, the actor-comedian gushed about a possible sequel in 2013, during an appearance on the since-canceled “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

“When Coming to America came out [there were] a bunch of lawsuits,” Murphy revealed, discussing the milestone anniversary with Hall, who played Akeem’s sidekick Semmi.

“There was some dude who was claiming he was the prince. I’d be out in the club and this African dude would roll up and say, ‘I am the real prince! You stole my life from me! And I want my money! I’ll kill you!’ ” continued Murphy.

Meanwhile, humorist Art Buchwald sued the studio on grounds that they ripped off the idea from his 1982 script treatment and won the breach of contract part of the suit. However, the parties settled the suit before an appeal made it to trial.

The original movie, directed by John Landis, followed Murphy, a charming and extremely pampered African prince, who traveled to Queens, New York, to escape an arranged marriage. There, he goes undercover to find a wife he can respect for both her intelligence and will. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos co-starred in the classic comedy, which grossed nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

What are your thoughts on a sequel? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


  1. rob_vb on September 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Works for me. The original was hilarious. As long as they don’t take anything for granted with a lazily written script and half behind direction because the original was a huge hit. As well as Eddie and Arsenio does not just walk through thier parts, taking too much for granted, no reason the sequel can not be nearly as funny as the original.

  2. britishrose on October 7, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    would they pick up from where they left off at the wedding arsenio is to weird to play the same role again eddie is to old to play akeme and sheri headly while still pretty , i dont know how she would play the princes or queen now? and john amos can still do his role , and james earl jones but the woman who play the queen died a few years ago ,but most the cast is still alive ,,and vanessa bell callaway , is still cut , she can play that role again if she wanted to ..