It's been nearly thirty years since the release of Coming To America, Eddie Murphy's first and greatest foray into playing multiple characters on film. It's a quintessential NYC fish-out-of-water movie, a wonderful look at the city in the '80s, and an endlessly-quotable and rewatchable Saturday afternoon cable film. So of course, Hollywood is gearing up to make a sequel to it, one which I assume will be called Coming Back To America or perhaps Coming 2 America. If being excited about this is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
Although there have been rumors for years about a possible sequel, The Hollywood Reporter writes that director Jonathan Levine (50/50, Snatched, the very underrated The Night Before) and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris (who also cowrote this summer's hit Girls Trip) are teaming up to bring the film to life. They add that the most important piece of the puzzle, of course, is Murphy: "Although there is no deal in place, Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel — which will be produced by Kevin Misher — and is expected to star."
In case you haven't seen the original film, which co-starred James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, and John Amos, I'm not going to recap it for you here, because you should just watch it. For everyone who has seen it, revisit our piece on the Queens Wendy's which served as the location for the film's fictional McDowell's, which was sadly turned into some anonymous condos a few years back. Considering all the vast changes to the city since 1988, a sequel that deals with gentrification and also allowed Murphy to play like six different characters could be pretty fun. At the very least, hopefully the neighborhood is still being terrorized by some guy that looks like Samuel L. Jackson in the sequel: