BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Model Paige Butcher (not pictured), honoree Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall arrive at Spike TV's 'Eddie Murphy: One Night Only' at the Saban Theatre on November 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christoph

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Eddie Murphy To Reprise Role In 'Coming To America' Sequel

January 11, 2019

After years of speculation and hope, comedian Eddie Murphy is stepping back into his role as Prince Akeem of Zamunda in the sequel to the 1988 hit comedy Coming To America, according to Yahoo Entertainment.

The sequel has been in the works but recently picked up steam when original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield were working on a new screenplay with Black-ish creator, Kenya Barris.

Barris will also co-executive produce the film with Murphy and Kevin Misher. The team also tapped Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer to direct the sequel. Brewer and Murphy worked on Dolemite Is My Name for Netflix together.

In a statement, Murphy said "After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,"

"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," Murphy adds.

In the sequel, Akeem finds out he has a long, lost son and travels back to America to find this possible heir to the throne of Zamunda. They're hoping to bring back Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Shari Headley as Akeem's wife Lisa, John Amos as Lisa's dad Cleo McDowell and James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem's dad.

Their hope is to start production sometime in 2019.