Fast forward to 30 years later, Prince Akeem is finally coming back to America. The long-lasting rumors about a potential sequel was finally put to bed when costume designer Ruth E. Carter confirmed the news on Instagram.
All it took was 30 years, but we can definitely say it was totally worth the wait! If you are a 90s kid you might just remember the movie, but if you're an 80s kid, you would surely know how Eddie Murphy completely blew our minds with his performance in "Coming To America", reports Maxim.
And fast forward to 30 years later, Prince Akeem is finally coming back to America. The long-lasting rumors about a potential sequel to 'Coming To America' was finally put to bed when costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who won an Oscar for her work on Black Panther, confirmed the news on Instagram.
She shared a photo of Murphy, 58, and Hall, 63, on Monday and wrote, "GOOD MORNING MY NEIGHBORS! It’s official! Preliminary fitting for Coming to America 2 with Prince Akeem, Semmi and Oscar."
According to Production Weekly, spotted by ComicBook, the film will revolve around Akeem as he "learns about a long lost son and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda."
Although not many details have been revealed till now, Hustle & Flow's Craig Brewer will don the director's hat, taking over the duties from John Landis. This is understandable considering that Landis reportedly had a fallout with Murphy on the sets of the first film.
We are certain that Hall and Murphy will be reprising their roles as Akeem and Semmi from the first film. According to IMDb, James Earl Jones will reportedly be back on the cast to play King Joffe again. But surely, we will have to wait and see if Cuba Gooding Jr. will play the iconic cameo of a man getting his hair cut this time, reports VICE.
As you'd know, Murphy famously played the role of Prince Akeem of Zamunda, a fictional African nation. He has had enough of his pampered lifestyle and later he comes to America to find a bride and get married. He makes this journey with his best friend and aide, Semmi (Hall) by traveling to Queens, New York.
The official synopsis of the first film reads, "Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to America accompanied by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), to find his queen."
"Disguised as a foreign student working in fast food, he romances Lisa (Shari Headley), but struggles with revealing his true identity to her and his marital intentions to his king father (James Earl Jones)."
Meanwhile, actor and comedian Joe Piscopo has heaped praises on the legendary comedian Murphy and believes that the sequel has all the ingredients to become a blockbuster at the box office.
“Eddie Murphy and again, I can’t be objective because I love him like a brother,” Piscopo said during an interview on FOX Business’ “Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast” on Tuesday. “Not before or since, has there been a more comic genius.”
“Eddie would let me shine,” Piscopo said about Murphy when he asked whether the star comedian was a scene stealer. “I said, ‘what am I doing with this brilliant guy?’ He’d step back and we would go back, we would go forth, ‘You are black, and I am white. You are blind as a bat.’”
The sequel for 'Coming To America' is written by Kenya Barris, who is also the creator of Black-ish and the screenwriter of Girls Trip. The movie is said to release around August 2020 and we can't wait to see what is in store for us this time! Now, all we can do is wait for the movie to release, and honestly, as a hard-core Eddie Murphy fan, August 2020 better be here soon!