Good morning, my neighbours!! Amazon Studios is currently in talks to seize the rights to the long-anticipated sequel to one of Eddie Murphy’s classic films from distributor Paramount Pictures. Said to be worth upwards of USD$125 million, the comedy follow up could be Coming to America by mid-December.
Directed by John Landis in 1988, the first Coming to America saw Murphy step onto the big screen as the charming African prince Akeem. Co-starring Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos, the film grossed nearly $USD300 million at the worldwide box office.
In the upcoming sequel, Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional country of Zamunda. Discovering that he had fathered a son in America, Akeem must honour the king’s dying wish, and groom a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle into the next crown prince. With Murphy, Hall and Jones all set to reprise their roles; other big-name stars like Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones and Wesley Snipes, are also Coming to America too.
However, with reports revealing some pretty hefty marketing tie-ins from McDonald’s and whiskey brand Crown Royal, it would appear Paramount doesn’t want to miss out on those in-film advertising dollars. But to make it even more confusing, sources also claim the film requires Eddie Murphy’s blessing before it goes anywhere. With numerous options on the table including Viacom’s streamer CBS All Access, Amazon isn’t the only one sniffing around for some Sexual Chocolate.
Set to arrive sometime in December, “no journey is too great when one finds what he seeks.” So stay tuned for whichever streaming service is actually Coming 2 America (2).
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