According to several confirmed reports, the long-awaited Coming 2 America sequel that was slated for release December 2020, will premiere on Amazon Prime in March 2021.
All of the original Coming 2 America cast from Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Paul Bates will be a part of this film as well as other special guests including Wesley Snipes, KiKi Layne, Rick Ross, Leslie Jones, and Jermaine Fowler.
This news comes on the heels of Mr. Murphy receiving his first Emmy Award in September for his landmark roles on Saturday Night Live and his first nomination in over two decades.
Coming 2 America has officially found a new home. Following rumblings last month, Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights for the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s classic comedy Coming to America from Paramount Pictures. A release date has been set for March 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.
Coming 2 America is, well, coming to America this coming March — as well as over 240 countries and territories in which Amazon Prime Video is available. Amazon announced that it has acquired the rights to the highly anticipated comedy sequel from Paramount, setting Coming 2 America‘s worldwide release for March 5, 2021.
Amazon’s announcement follows a report in October that Amazon Studios had acquired Coming 2 America in a deal worth roughly $125 million. It appears that it took nearly a month for that deal to be finalized, and that early reports of a December 2020 release were premature. Instead, Amazon is pushing the Coming 2 America streaming premiere three months later, to March, which suggests that the studio may be looking at a limited theatrical release as well, though that has not been confirmed. But Amazon has found success acquiring former theatrical releases for its streaming platform — no theatrical release needed — making the cultural zeitgeist with the Prime Video release of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm last month.
Directed by Craig Brewer (Dolemite is My Name) from a screenplay by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, and story by Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Justin Kanew, Coming 2 America features the return of Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, who this time “is set to become king of the fictional country of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America — a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. To honor the former king’s dying wish to groom his grandson as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America.” Arsenio Hall, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones, and more round out the cast.
“Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “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. We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”
“What could be better than a return to Zamunda? We are so excited for Amazon Studios to bring Eddie Murphy and Coming 2 America to a worldwide audience where they can laugh again with characters they have loved for 30 years, and meet new ones that they will love for years to come,” added producer Kevin Misher.
Initially it was said the film would premiere on Amazon Prime in December of 2020, according to Variety, but that looks like that may have changed.
If you recall, Coming 2 America focuses on Prince Akeem returning to America when he discovers he has a long-lost son. ‘Coming 2 America’ will be directed by Craig Brewer with a script by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and was set to hit theaters in 2020.
As we previously reported Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Paul Bates, Wesley Snipes, KiKi Layne, Rick Ross, Leslie Jones, and Jermaine Fowler will be part of the ‘Coming 2 America’ cast.
In September, Eddie Murphy won his first Emmy for his guest role on ‘Saturday Night Live’.
This was the 59-year old’s first nomination in 21 years but his fifth nomination overall. He was last nominated in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less) for Fox’s “The PJs,” according to People.
In December 2019, Murphy reprised some of his most iconic SNL characters when he hosted the show for the first time in 35 years.
Eddie Murphy was also the recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards. The Critics’ Choice Association has also noted that Eddie is “the most commercially successful African-American actor in movie business history and one of the top-five box-office performers overall.”
That’s one way to kick off spring! Y’all looking forward to it, Roomies?