Craig Brewer (Dolemite Is My Name) is set to direct the sequel of the 1988 hit comedy Coming To America, Deadline exclusively reported.
Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris was recruited to re-write the script and exec. produce the sequel. Eddie Murphy will star and produce.
“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said. “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.”
The original Coming to America starred Murphy as Akeem, the prince of Zamunda, who travels to New York to find his future wife.
In Coming To America 2, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. The intention is to bring back the original cast which includes Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos and James Earl Jones.
The sequel is expected to go into production sometime this year.