The Coming To America Sequel Is Set For Release In 2020

The highly anticipated sequel to the legendary Coming To America, starring Eddie Murphy, has been given an official release date: 7 August, 2020.

Murphy will of course be resuming the role of Prince Akeem but there is still doubt surrounding the return of James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Arsenio Hall.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The movie has an official director, Craig Brewer, who has been in charge of the 2011 remake of Footloose and Black Snake Moan.

Murphy has released a statement saying: "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 [Is My Name], and I'm looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen."

Brewer will be working off the script written by Kenya Barris (Black-ish), who 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."

The original 1988 film was an absolute comedy classic and grossed nearly $300 million. It was the third highest grossing film of the year, despite not being shown to the press before release.

In it, Eddie Murphy, who plays the heir to an African Kingdom, travels to New York City in a bid to find his true love after rejecting his parent's arranged marriage.

Because it was such a hit, fans were gagging for a sequel to see what happened to Akeem Joffer (Murphy) and his bride Lisa (played by Shari Headley).

While we've finally got an official release date, there have been rumours circulating for years that a sequel would be made.

Back in March 2017 Eddie tweeted this picture:

Credit: Eddie Murphy/Twitter
Credit: Eddie Murphy/Twitter

But it was quickly deleted, along with Murphy's entire Twitter account.

Unfortunately for Eddie's PR team, the tweet was up long enough for people to lose their minds.

Vanessa Bell, who played Imani Izzi in the movie, previously spoke to TMZ saying how amazing it would be to get the crew back together.

She said: "I would love to do a sequel, I loved the movie. It's like come on Eddie let's make this happen!

"I hope it is true, it would be a perfect sequel. Everybody, with the exception of Madge Sinclair obviously, everybody's still alive and I know everybody would love to do it.

"The movie was iconic - it's the gift that keeps giving."

More to come.

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

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