While we’ve recently had news regarding a new Terminator film, and the Avatar sequels have finally begun filming, here’s news of a follow-up film very few would have expected. A sequel is in development for the 1988 Eddie Murphy hit, Coming To America, with Jonathan Levine (50/50) set to direct.
This does seem a little strange. Murphy is not currently signed on to star but is reportedly involved in the development and is expected to reprise his lead role, but he’s hardly the star he was 29 years ago, so to greenlight a sequel now seems a questionable choice.
The original film starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of fictional nation Zamunda, who traveled to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman to marry. Original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield have been hired to pen the script for the sequel, along with Black-ish creator and Girls Trip co-writer, Kenya Barris.
It’s hard to get particularly excited for this. Sequels to comedies that arrive years after the original don’t have a great track record of being too good. In recent years we’ve been heavily disappointed by Zoolander 2 and Dumb And Dumber To. While it would be nice to see Murphy recapture some of the magic that made him such a comedy star, that seems like a long shot at this point. But here’s hoping.