Monday, January 25, 2021

‘Coming 2 America’ Set for Amazon Prime Release After $125 Million Deal

*Eddie Murphy’s hotly anticipated “Coming 2 America” will hit Amazon Prime in December.

Variety reports the Paramount Pictures is negotiating a sell of the comedy to Amazon Studios worth an estimated $125 million, with possible tie-ins with McDonald’s and Crown Royal.

Murphy previously gushed about reprising his “Coming to America” role more than 30 years after the original.

“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”

READ MORE: Eddie Murphy Wins FIRST Ever Emmy for His ‘SNL’ Hosting Stint / WATCH

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The 1988 film centers on wealthy African Prince Akeem who travels to New York in his search for a bride. Aresenio Hall played Murphy’s best friend. The film received two Oscar nominations for: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup.

People notes that this time around, Akeem will return to America 30 years later with hopes of finding the son he never knew about, a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle.

The project will be directed by Craig Brewer who will work from a script by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. Barris reportedly rewrote a previous draft by original “Coming to America” writers, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, per comicbook.com.

Brewer, who recently worked with Murphy on “Dolemite Is My Name,” dished about the project to Entertainment Weekly back in December.

“There’s this moment that I always go back to: when we were screening Dolemite Is My Name, I worked on Empire a little bit, so I had some of the writers come and take a look at the movie,” Brewer said at the time. “They were all in the back row of the screening room, and Eddie and Arsenio walked in and sat down in the second row, just like old friends do. And I could see everybody in the back’s eyes getting big and pointing down to both of them.”

“Coming 2 America” is slated to drop on Dec. 18.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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