Good morning, my neighbors! Fans of Coming to America have waited 32 years for a sequel but the wait will be over soon, as Amazon has finally confirmed a deal for the Eddie Murphy comedy Coming 2 America, which will debut on Prime Video on March 5.
The sequel brings back James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer), Shari Headley (Queen Lisa), John Amos (Cleo McDowell) and Louie Anderson (Maurice), as well as the motley barbershop crew. But it’s the new additions to the cast that are sure to get people talking, as Wesley Snipes will join comedians Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan and Jermaine Fowler, plus KiKi Layne, Teyana Taylor, Nomzamo Mbatha and Power star Rotimi. The ensemble also includes Eddie‘s 18-year-old daughter Bella Murphy, who makes her feature acting debut here.
Coming 2 America was made by Paramount Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures, and Brewer directed from a script by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield. Blaustein, Sheffield and Justin Kanew have story credits on the sequel, which is based on characters created by Eddie Murphy, who also produced under his eponymous banner alongside Kevin Misher of Misher Films. The film was executive produced by Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato Stabile, Andy Berman and Barris.
“Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time. Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure,” said Amazon‘s Jennifer Salke. “We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”
John Landis directed 1988’s Coming to America, which grossed nearly $290 million worldwide. What’s interesting about that is that while most major comedies make the majority of their money at the domestic box office, Coming to America took in $160 million overseas, so that was a movie that resonated across the globe. Of course, that was the Eddie Murphy of the ’80s, when he was one of the hottest entertainers on Earth, but millions of people still love Eddie and have genuine affection for that first film.