Back in April, the Tracking Board broke the news that Paramount had officially hired Coming to America scribes Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to write a sequel to Eddie Murphy’s classic 1988 comedy, and now the project is moving forward, as Jonathan Levine (Snatched) has signed on to direct, while Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has come on to rewrite the script, according to insiders.
A representative for Paramount did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kevin Misher (Public Enemies) is producing COMING TO AMERICA 2, and plot details of the sequel are being kept under wraps.
John Landis directed the original movie, which was based on an original story by Murphy. He played Prince Akeem Joffer, who travels from the fictional African nation of Zamunda to the United States in the hopes of finding a wife. While Murphy doesn’t have a deal to return for the sequel, he is expected to star, as he’s been intimately involved in the development of the project.
Coming to America grossed an impressive $288 million worldwide and went on to spawn a brief spinoff TV series. The film co-starred Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos, as well as Louie Anderson, Jake Steinfeld, Allison Dean, Frankie Faison, Eriq La Salle and Paul Bates.
Barris recently co-wrote Universal’s hit comedy Girls Trip, and he also had a hand in writing Son of Shaft for New Line. He’s represented by Principato-Young Entertainment and CAA, which also reps Levine. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of their pairing on Coming to America 2.
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