This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, which adds that Barris will be reworking a script penned by Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield – the writers of the 1988 original Coming To America. The project is still very much in early stages, and while there apparently isn’t an official deal on the table just yet, it is expected that Eddie Murphy will star in the comedy and reprise his role as Prince Akeem. There’s no word yet if we can expect the return of Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos as well.
In the original Coming To America, Eddie Murphy starred as a young African prince who has become dissatisfied with being rich and powerful, and wants to find a wife who will appreciate him as a normal person. In order to accomplish this mission, he travels across the Atlantic and decides to live in squalor in Queens, New York. He winds up finding that love in Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley), and despite clashing families and romantic competition, they wind up living together happily ever after. Or at least that’s what we think – Coming To America 2 could wind up totally changing that particular narrative.
Coming To America 2 doesn’t have a release date, so we’ll have to wait and see how fast it winds up going through the development process. Jonathan Levine has been tapped to direct the sequel, and Kenya Barris will be handling the screenplay.