Well, this is good news on Good Friday!
Apparently Paramount is taking the necessary steps to make a Coming to America sequel happen.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired the original screenwriters, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, to write a potential sequel. Kevin Misher (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, 2013’s Carrie) has also signed on to produce.
No word yet on whether Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Prince Akeem, or Arsenio Hall, who plays his sidekick Semmi.
Murphy got folks excited last month when he posted a photo of Imani Izzi (Vanessa Bell Calloway) with the caption, “Coming to America sequel?” on his Twitter account.
Shortly thereafter, he deleted his ENTIRE Twitter account.
He has, however, spoken about a possible sequel and even shared with HipHollywood how he’d like it to be scripted.
In the John Landis-directed original, Murphy played Prince Akeem, who traveled from his wealthy African country to Queens, New York, to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife who will love him in spite of his title. James Earl Jones also starred in the comedy, along with Shari Headley and John Amos.
We love any talk of a follow-up to the 1988 comedy.