I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to a sequel more than this one. The follow-up to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedy Coming to America is still coming; it’s just not coming to theaters.
In a surprise announcement, Coming 2 America will now be released via Amazon and is expected to drop on December 18th, reports Variety. The distribution deal moving the film from Paramount Pictures to Amazon Studios is said to be worth $125 million.
Original cast members Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones are all reprising their roles in the sequel. Coming 2 America also features Tracy Morgan, Jay Pharaoh, Leslie Jones, and Wesley Snipes.
Here’s what we know about the sequel: Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is preparing to become king of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America. To honor the former king’s (James Earl Jones) dying wish to groom his grandson as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) head off to revisit Queens.
Will Akeem and Semmi grab a bite to eat at McDowell’s? Will we get an encore performance from Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate? If nothing else, the sequel has to bring us back to the barbershop, right?