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Paramount wants a Coming to America sequel with Eddie Murphy to star

04.13.2017

Whoa, so apparently a sequel to the 1988 comedy COMING TO AMERICA starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall is in underway, with original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield working on a script in the hope that Murphy will return as the royal Prince Akeem. With Kevin Misher set to produce the project, all of the details concerning COMING TO AMERICA 2 are currently being kept under lock and key by those in charge. 

For those of you who've never seen the hilarious original film, COMING TO AMERICA features Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem Joffer, who travels from the fictional African nation of Zamunda with his friend and confidant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to Queens, New York with the goal of finding a free-thinking woman for the Prince to woe and wed for the benefit of Zamunda's future.

COMING TO AMERICA featured stars 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. At the time, the film earned a worldwide total of $288 million at the box office and even produced a spinoff series that was aimed at television audiences.

Hmmm ... I'm not so sure about this. COMING TO AMERICA holds a very special place in my heart as being sort of an "SNL salad days" kind of film when those who contributed to its brilliance were at their peak. While the thought of the original writers returning to the property has me slightly optimistic, I'll need a solid trailer or some good word of mouth before I become a believer in this venture. It's been a good number of years since Murphy has done anything of note, though it would be fun to see him get back in the makeup chair to assume multiple roles as he did in the first film. For me, this is a total wait and see situation.

While we wait for more details, you can check out Eddie Murphy in MR. CHRUCH, which was released in September of 2016.

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Extra Tidbit: Yesterday, Eddie's brother Charlie passed away after losing a battle to Leukemia. May he rest well, and be served panckaes by Prince while laughing alongside Rick James, bitch.

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2:02AM on 04/14/2017
Coming to America was a product of its time. I don't think a sequel would work now in this "post 9/11" world we live in. There was an element of innocence (I KNOW, it had topless bath scenes & gratuitous F & N-Bombs, but an endearing fish - out - of water story) which can't be replicated now.

The only possible route is to I dunno, invert the plot i.e. Coming To Africa and its plot could be some hipster complaining about "we've lost our way in terms of communicating, nobody ever talks face
Coming to America was a product of its time. I don't think a sequel would work now in this "post 9/11" world we live in. There was an element of innocence (I KNOW, it had topless bath scenes & gratuitous F & N-Bombs, but an endearing fish - out - of water story) which can't be replicated now.

The only possible route is to I dunno, invert the plot i.e. Coming To Africa and its plot could be some hipster complaining about "we've lost our way in terms of communicating, nobody ever talks face -to- face anymore, man" . And so, he decides to go to 'The Cradle of Mankind' and rediscover "human interaction", forgoing his lifestyle of smart-devices. He eventually finds himself in Zamunda; Hilarity ensues.

Anyways all i'm saying is that CTA 2 is not possible.
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10:49PM on 04/13/2017
Maybe they should do, like, a post-apocalyptic sequel called WELCOME TO RUSSIA. Which will still set in New York, or New Moscow as they call it in the future.
Maybe they should do, like, a post-apocalyptic sequel called WELCOME TO RUSSIA. Which will still set in New York, or New Moscow as they call it in the future.
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8:57AM on 04/14/2017
GODDAMN COMMIES AND THEIR FREE SPEECH!
GODDAMN COMMIES AND THEIR FREE SPEECH!
8:42PM on 04/13/2017

sad news about Charlie! :(

I think this would only work if Eddie and Arsenio come back. Without them it's not a movie. You could focus on the prince's children and give Eddie a cameo, but it wouldn't be the same without them. Bring back Samuel L Jackson and Louie Anderson also, that would be great!
I think this would only work if Eddie and Arsenio come back. Without them it's not a movie. You could focus on the prince's children and give Eddie a cameo, but it wouldn't be the same without them. Bring back Samuel L Jackson and Louie Anderson also, that would be great!
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7:07PM on 04/13/2017

Coming Back To America...

Yeah, these past their prime sequels need to stop. They never end well and just become parodies and mock ups of the originals.
Yeah, these past their prime sequels need to stop. They never end well and just become parodies and mock ups of the originals.
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6:05PM on 04/13/2017

Maybe...? I just don't know....

I consider Coming to America to be the funniest movie I have ever seen. I never grow tired of watching it, and I know every line. Having said that, I'm not sure how this would go. The younger me always wanted a sequel to watch. I know I'd love to see Eddie and Arsenio play all the different original characters again, but there was something about the scripts in the 80s that were so much better than they are today. Somehow, I don't think they could film scenes inside the barbershop that would
I consider Coming to America to be the funniest movie I have ever seen. I never grow tired of watching it, and I know every line. Having said that, I'm not sure how this would go. The younger me always wanted a sequel to watch. I know I'd love to see Eddie and Arsenio play all the different original characters again, but there was something about the scripts in the 80s that were so much better than they are today. Somehow, I don't think they could film scenes inside the barbershop that would live up to my expectations. They'd probably change out boxer arguments for crappy NBA stars like Kobe and Labron, so it will appeal to today's culture. But, if they can capture lightning in a bottle, especially with all the original stars still being around, that would be amazing! I'd still have the original to love if it doesn't turn out good (like Anchorman 2...). But, if they rebooted with different actors, then there is no way in hell I'm on board with that!
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5:25PM on 04/13/2017
A sequel thirty-years after the original doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
A sequel thirty-years after the original doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
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5:22PM on 04/13/2017
Eddie Murphy is now the king of the nation. He sees his son grow up spoiled and decides to send him to america, pennyless to teach him humility and find a bride. Hilarity ensues.

movies like this are pretty easy story wise. it doesnt have to be daring or that creative. it comes down to who is cast and what kind of jokes we get. the first movie was lucky enough to have an original enough plot, but it was the jokes that people remember, not the emotional character archs. Im optimistic, but its
Eddie Murphy is now the king of the nation. He sees his son grow up spoiled and decides to send him to america, pennyless to teach him humility and find a bride. Hilarity ensues.

movies like this are pretty easy story wise. it doesnt have to be daring or that creative. it comes down to who is cast and what kind of jokes we get. the first movie was lucky enough to have an original enough plot, but it was the jokes that people remember, not the emotional character archs. Im optimistic, but its gonna need some good joke writers
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4:33PM on 04/13/2017
SNL's salad days? I'm not sure 13 years after its debut counts. Also, wasn't there some twitter story on this where he accidentally tweeted about it and then they "debunked" the sequel
SNL's salad days? I'm not sure 13 years after its debut counts. Also, wasn't there some twitter story on this where he accidentally tweeted about it and then they "debunked" the sequel
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4:30PM on 04/13/2017
I'd like to see a Sexual Chocolate mockumentary. Who doesn't want to know the Randy Watson story?!
I'd like to see a Sexual Chocolate mockumentary. Who doesn't want to know the Randy Watson story?!
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5:43PM on 04/13/2017
This...is the greatest idea. Ever.
This...is the greatest idea. Ever.
5:58PM on 04/13/2017
Seriously. That's genius!
Seriously. That's genius!
10:09PM on 04/13/2017
Thanks, guys. It's a shame that I have zero connections or pull in Hollywood, lol.

Honestly, they were only on screen for a couple of minutes but man, that was a great scene! I like to think that they'd be doing quite well for themselves, these days. I mean, they play so fine, don't you agree?
Thanks, guys. It's a shame that I have zero connections or pull in Hollywood, lol.

Honestly, they were only on screen for a couple of minutes but man, that was a great scene! I like to think that they'd be doing quite well for themselves, these days. I mean, they play so fine, don't you agree?
2:13PM on 04/14/2017
Doing quiet well? lol. It was the 80s the most coke fueled decade ever. I can totally picture them maybe trying to sell memorabilia on eBay and try to stay relevant with Auto-Tune singles with which ever is the hottest producer is at the moment.
Doing quiet well? lol. It was the 80s the most coke fueled decade ever. I can totally picture them maybe trying to sell memorabilia on eBay and try to stay relevant with Auto-Tune singles with which ever is the hottest producer is at the moment.
8:41PM on 04/14/2017
But it's Sexual [link] CHOCOLATE!
But it's Sexual [link] CHOCOLATE!
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