Coming To America 2 confirmed for release in August 2020

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming to America. Image from Twitter @DiscussingFilm

The hotly-anticipated sequel to 1988's Coming To America has been given an official release date of August 7, 2020, exciting Eddie Murphy fans everywhere.

The studio hired "Hustle & Flow" helmer Craig Brewer to direct the project with Murphy expected to return as the star. Jonathan Levine was previously attached to direct. The California Film Commission awarded Paramount a $13 million tax credit last April for "Coming to America 2" but that was conditioned on production launching within 180 days.

The studio hired Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer to direct, and Deadline reports that the sequel will revolve around Prince Akeem learning about a long-lost son, and returning to America "to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda".

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount announced Monday that the film will hit theatres on 7 August next year.

Murphy is producing alongside Kevin Misher, while Barris is executive producing.

The original film was directed by John Landis and follows Prince Akeem (Murphy), who travels from Africa to Queens to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife who would love him, in spite of his royal title.

Murphy will next star in "Dolemite Is My Name" which is now in post-production.

Murphy has been confirmed to return to his role as Prince Akeem but it is not yet known whether the film's other stars including James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Arsenio Hall will return to their roles.

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