PRINCE AKEEM IS COM­ING TO AMER­ICA, ONCE AGAIN

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor-co­me­dian Ed­die Mur­phy is repris­ing one of his most fa­mous roles — African Prince Akeem — for the se­quel to Com­ing to Amer­ica.

The pro­duc­tion house bosses have tapped Hus­tle & Flow di­rec­tor Craig Brewer to take charge of the fol­low-up to the hit 1988 com­edy, in which Mur­phy played an African prince on the hunt for a wife in New York, re­ports aceshow­biz.com.

Brewer just di­rected Mur­phy in Dolemite Is My Name and it ap­pears the two men got along so well they started talk­ing about the project in be­tween takes.

Black­ish cre­ator Kenya Bar­ris is re­work­ing a script by Barry Blaustein and David Sh­effield, who wrote the orig­i­nal Com­ing to Amer­ica, while Mur­phy is among the pro­duc­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Dead­line, the se­quel will re­volve around the son of Mur­phy’s char­ac­ter, Akeem. The prince re­turns to Amer­ica to meet his un­likely heir to the throne of Za­munda.

Arse­nio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi, Shari Headley and James Earl Jones are all ex­pected to re­turn for the se­quel.

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

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