Eddie Murphy has announced that he’s in the process of bringing us a sequel to 1988’s Coming To America, and though I am somewhat intrigued, I’m also a bit annoyed. Why does Hollywood keep digging up old movies and try to love them back to life like their Celine Dion? Some things need to remain untouched like sleeping alligators and you auntie’s favorite bar-hopping wig. Unfortunately, that rule doesn’t seem to apply to films from the 80s so this sequel will more than likely happen.
Deadline reports that the sequel will be directed by Craig Brewer who recently worked with Eddie on the upcoming Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name. In the sequel, Eddie’s character Prince Akeem of Zamunda will discover he has a long-lost son and travel back to America to find him. That’s all we know about the plot. I’mma need more details. Will Akeem and his damn near 30-year-old son go on Maury for the test results? Will Semmi (played by Arsenio Hall) throw that frightening wig and dress with linebacker shoulder pads on once again to scare the hell out of us like he did in the bar scene? I need answers! Why should I give you my twenty dollars to go see this shit? According to Eddie, Craig is the real reason he’s excited to make this movie finally happen.
“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.”
Eddie hopes to bring back the original cast members, including Shari Headley who portrayed his future queen Lisa, the #1 black TV dad of all time John Amos as Lisa’s dad Cleo, and the legendary James Earl Jones as Akeem’s father King Joffe Joffer. blackish creator Kenya Barris is also on board for the sequel and will do the script rewrites.
Production for Coming to America 2 will begin sometime this year, but my first suggestion is to change the title completely because if he already came to America once it’s not special anymore. Perhaps they should call it I’m Coming Again? Or I Came Once And Now I Want More? Then again those are probably better titles for the PornHub version of the film.