33 years after the original, fans will finally see this Eddie Murphy-starring sequel
Writer: Florey DM
Looks like Eddie Murphy will be returning to the small screen instead of the big screen in the upcoming sequel.
22 Nov – It's been 32 years since the original "Coming to America" was released in cinemas, now we'll finally get to see the sequel, "Coming 2 America".
Not so soon though, there's still a few more months of waiting before we see Eddie Murphy back as Akeem Joffer, since the sequel is only releasing on 5 March 2021.
Also, it will not be releasing in cinemas. Variety reported that "Coming 2 America" will be released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video instead.
This isn't a surprise move since it was reported last month that Paramount Pictures was in talks to sell the movie to Amazon Studios in a deal worth around USD125 million. This marks the second film the studio sold to Amazon, after "Without Remorse". It also previously sold "Trial of the Chicago 7" and "Lovebirds" to Netflix.
In "Coming 2 America", the sequel to 1998's "Coming to America", King Akeem and Semmi will embark on a new adventure that takes them from Zamunda back to Queens.
The sequel was first announced in 2017, with Murphy returning to star, though this time not just as a prince but as a newly-crowned king.
Cinema Online, 22 November 2020
Also part of the returning cast are James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Louie Anderson. Meanwhile Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor join as newcomers to the film franchise.
Originally scheduled for release in North American cinemas on 7 August 2020, the pandemic forced it to be pushed to 18 December 2020, before the studio finally decided on letting it go to streamers.
(Photo source: Katie Jones | Variety)