At various points, he's been linked to Quentin Tarantino, a Twins sequel (to be called Triplets), a new stand-up special - you name it. The excitement that surrounds these rumors is a testament to our enduring love for Eddie Murphy, while the fact that they nearly ever pan out is a testament to just how hard it is to get him to sign onto a new project. Levine is no longer involved, but Deadline reports that Hustle & Flow filmmaker Craig Brewer is now onboard to direct with Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Akeem, a pampered African prince who, in the original movie, came to America to find a self-empowered wife different from the fawning individuals of his own country.
Today's news, then, is something of a shock: according to Deadline, Murphy has signed on to headline a sequel to 1988's Coming to America.
Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name, and the star was eager to work with him again. Co-starring Arsenio Hall and directed by John Landis, it's one of the funniest films ever made, and certainly in contention for the funniest film Murphy ever made.
What will Coming to America 2 be about? However, since he is a prince he must go undercover in Queens to meet the woman of his dreams.
In the three decades since the original, much has happened that would serve as ideal comic fodder for Akeem's return trip to America.
Brewer is repped by WME and attorney Carlos Goodman, and Murphy is WME, ML Management and Ziffren Brittenham's Matt Johnson and Skip Brittenham; Barris is CAA, Artists First and attorney Gregg Gellman.
"After many years of anticipation, I'm thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward", Murphy said in a statement. "He is a true auteur and we couldn't be more thrilled to have him on board". Stay tuned for further updates as they become available.