In the sequel, Eddie Murphy‘s Prince Akeem learns about a long-lost son and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. Wesley Snipes will play a new character, General Izzi, a man who rules a neighboring nation of Zamunda.
Paramount Pictures has set the sequel’s release date for December 18, 2020, with filming scheduled to begin this fall. Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) will direct from a script by Kenya Barris (black-ish).
Murphy is producing Coming to America 2 with Kevin Misher, while Barris will also serve as executive producer.
In the first film, which opened on June 29, 1988 and was directed by John Landis, a very wealthy and pampered African prince comes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by his closest companion (Hall), Murphy’s Prince Akeem quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and lots of trouble.
The movie also starred James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, and Shari Headley. It grossed $288.8 million at the worldwide box office.
Murphy and Snipes star together in Brewer’s upcoming Dolemite Is My Name, which will premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.