It’s taken a long time, but it looks like a sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 hit film Coming to America is finally getting a sequel.
The Shrek the Third actor played African Prince Akeem in the romantic comedy, and not only does he wants to reprise the role for a follow-up, but is the one who has confirmed the news.
A statement from Murphy obtained by Entertainment Weekly reads: “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.”
The publication also states that Empire director Craig Brewer will be getting behind the chair for the sequel, and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by Coming to America’s writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.
Paramount is said to be really hoping that filming will begin this year, and that the original’s stars, including James Earl Jones and Arsenio Hall, will return.
In 2018 he also welcomed his tenth child, Max Charles Murphy, the middle name being a tribute to Eddie’s older brother and fellow comedian Charles Murphy.