'Coming to America' 2 gets 2020 release date

Brenda Watkins
February 12, 2019

As well as this, "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris is reworking a sequel script by the original's writers, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. A sequel to the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy has always been discussed, but Paramount made it official past year when the studio hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the screenplay for the original film, to write the sequel. In January, it was confirmed that Eddie Murphy would reprise his role as the iconic Prince Akeem while also serving as a producer for the film and now, they've locked in a release date for the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount announced Monday that the film will hit theatres on 7 August next year.

In the original, Murphy played an African prince [Akeem] who comes to Queens, New York to avoid an arranged marriage. With that date announced, an official production start date and cast reveal shouldn't be too terrible far behind, especially since the team will want to get the cameras rolling sooner than later. Although the original director, Jonthan Levine, is no longer directing, it was later confirmed that Craig Brewer would be directing the film in instead.

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Brewer and Murphy are also working on the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, based on the life of Rudy Ray Moore, star of blaxploitation Dolemite films.

The plot follows Akeem as he learns about a long-lost son in America, so he returns to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.

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