Paramount has enlisted the help of Jonathan Levine (Snatched) to direct the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedy, as well as hiring Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to rewrite the film’s script.
Earlier in the year, Paramount hired the original movie’s screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to pen the follow-up to Coming to America, which starred Eddie Murphy as an African prince who travels to the Big Apple, undercover, in order to find a more independent-minded wife.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (who first reported the news of the sequel), Eddie Murphy is involved in the development of the film, and is expected to star, though there is no formal deal in place.
Jonathan Levine has a strong background in directing comedy, as his other credits include The Night Before, The Wackness, and Warm Bodies – and Kenya Barris has recently co-written hit comedy Girls Trip.
As-yet the Coming to America sequel has no release date.