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January 17, 2019

Eddie Murphy, director Craig Brewer on board for ‘Coming to America’ sequel

January 11, 2019
The movie poster for the original “Coming to America,” which premiered in 1988. (Paramount)

Akeem is back!

“Coming to America 2” is on its way, with Eddie Murphy set to reprise his role as Prince Akeem and filmmaker Craig Brewer on board to direct the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 classic comedy, Deadline reported.

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Murphy and Brewer worked together on the upcoming Netflix comedy “Dolemite Is My Name,” which does not yet have a premiere date.

Craig Brewer will direct "Coming to America 2."
Craig Brewer will direct “Coming to America 2.” (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”

The sequel will reportedly center on Akeem — the prince of Zamunda, a fictional country in Africa — returning to America after learning he has a son.

The original flick involved Akeem traveling to the United States in an effort to find a wife.

A premiere date has not been revealed for the sequel.

Kenya Barris, the creator of multiple TV series including “Black-ish,” is executive producing “Coming to America 2” and is reportedly doing work on a script that was originally penned by David Sheffield and Barry Blaustein, who wrote the first movie’s screenplay.

Brewer’s other directorial credits include the dramas “Black Snake Moan” and “Hustle & Flow.”

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