Craig Brewer to Direct Eddie Murphy in COMING TO AMERICA 2

Craig Brewer to Direct Eddie Murphy in COMING TO AMERICA 2

Craig Brewer has signed on to direct Coming To America 2 for Paramount Pictures, according to Deadline.

Eddie Murphy is set to reprise his role as Akeem, the pampered African prince who became bored of potential marriage partners in the kingdom too in awe of him, and who traveled to Queens to go undercover and find a woman with a strong will that he could respect.

Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by original Coming to America writers BARRY Blaustein and David Sheffield. The film will be produced by Murphy with Kevin Misher and Barris is executive producing.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.

The plan is to have the original cast return, including Arsenio Hall, who played the prince's aide Semmi, Shari Headley, who was courted by the prince when he went undercover as a fast food worker, John Amos, who played her father, and James Earl Jones, who played the king.

"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."

Kenya Barris said, "Craig's ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive, but also what made him exactly THE VOICE and vision we needed to bring this story to life. From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn't be more thrilled to have him on board."

Read the original article on Deadline.

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