Coming to America…Coming Back to the Big Screen?


Eddie Murphy arrives at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Coming to America 2 could finally be coming to theaters.

Paramount Pictures has hired the original writers of the 1988 comedy to pen the eagerly anticipated sequel. Long been a rumored project, the follow-up is now back in the hands of Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. The original film was directed by John Landis and starred Eddie Murphy. The film co-starred Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Eriq La Salle and Louie Anderson.

Coming to America was a critical success and grossed an astounding $288 million worldwide and went on to spawn a brief spin-off TV series. Blaustein and Sheffield wrote several more Eddie Murphy vehicles, including Boomerang, The Nutty Professor, and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. The project is still early on in the development process, but Kevin Misher (Carrie, Public Enemies) is attached to produce.

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