Eddie Murphy’s Coming 2 America launch date revealed by Amazon
Good morning my neighbors! Fans of Come to America I’ve waited 22 years for a sequel, but the wait will soon be over as Amazon finally confirmed a deal for the Eddie Murphy comedy Coming 2 America, which will debut on Prime Video on March 5th.
Craig Brewer (Dolemite Is My Name) directed the sequel to the newly crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) as they embark on a new adventure that takes them around the world, from the great African nation of Zamunda to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began.
The sequel brings back James Earl Jones (King Jaffe Joffer), Shari Headley (Queen Lisa), John Amos (Cleo McDowell) and Louie Anderson (Maurice) as well as the colorful hair salon crew. But it’s the new additions to the cast that are sure to get people talking Wesley Snipes will join comedians Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan and Jermaine Fowler, Plus KiKi Layne, Teyana Taylor, Nomzamo Mbatha and power star Rotimi. Eddie’s 18-year-old daughter also belongs to the ensemble Bella Murphy, which makes her feature film debut here.
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Coming 2 America was made by Paramount Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures and Brewer based on a script by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield. Blaustein, Sheffield and Justin Kanew have story credits for the sequel, which is based on characters created by Eddie Murphy who also produced under his banner of the same name alongside Kevin Misher of Misher Films. The film was produced by Executive Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato stable, Andy Berman and Barris.
“Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most popular and famous comedies of all time. Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast members, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure, “said Amazon Jennifer Salke. “We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this fun, joyful movie that is sure to become a timeless favorite.”
“What could be better than returning to Zamunda? We’re thrilled that Amazon Studios are able to introduce Eddie Murphy and Coming 2 America to a global audience, where they can laugh again with characters they’ve loved for 30 years and meet new ones they’ll love for years to come, ” added Misher.
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John Landis Directed by the 1988 Coming to America, grossing nearly $ 290 million worldwide. The interesting thing is that while most big comedies make most of their money at the box office at home, Coming to America grossed $ 160 million overseas. So this was a movie that got hit all over the world. That was, of course, the Eddie Murphy of the 80s when he was one of the hottest entertainers in the world, but millions of people still love Eddie and have real affection for this first film.
So I’m really excited to see how Coming 2 America might have performed at the box office outside of a global pandemic, but sadly, we’ll never find out. The interesting thing about this release date, however, is that the sequel was supposed to hit theaters in time for the holidays on December 18th, which would have qualified it for this year’s Golden Globes. I admit that part of me is wondering if Amazon was waiting to see what Warner Bros would do with it Wonder Woman 1984who will be streaming Christmas Day on HBO Max with Pixar’s soul Debut on Disney + the same day. It’s also possible that Amazon simply took a while to close this deal (I was surprised the streamer hadn’t confirmed it to date) and cut it too tight to launch a proper marketing campaign before the holidays. The company needs to remind audiences what they loved about the original and introduce those characters to a new generation.
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Jeff Sneider is a Senior Film Reporter at Collider, where he publishes film and television news and curates the Up-and-Comer of the Month column. He also hosts the podcast “The Sneider Cut” and the award-winning series “For Your Consideration” with Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News before moving to Los Angeles to write for Variety and later for TheWrap and Mashable. Jeff was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Tracking Board and has contributed to the MTV Movies Blog, Hollywood Life Magazine, Washington Square News, and the Colorado Springs Independent. His Oscar selection appeared on the LA Times Envelope site, and he agrees with screenwriter William Goldman, who famously said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows.” Jeff is from Needham, Massachusetts and has never had a salad. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Cameo and Blogspot by searching his Nom de Plume @TheInSneider.
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