EDDIE MURPHY has said he is ‘thrilled’ that a sequel to his 1988 hit Coming to America is in the works.
According to Deadline, Craig Brewster will direct the Paramount Pictures production, having recently worked with Murphy on the Netflix film Dolemite is My Name.
Coming to America starred Murphy as African prince Akeem, who travels to New York incognito to find a bride who wants to marry him for his personality and not his wealth.
The sequel will see Akeem return to America to track down a long lost son and heir.
“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement, reports Deadline.
“We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”
It is hoped fellow original cast members Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos and James Earl Jones will return for the sequel.
A script by Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield is being rewritten by Blackish creator Kenya Barris.
Should the film be a success, it could finally set the wheels in motion on the long-mooted fourth Beverly Hills Cop film, which has been in development hell since the mid-1990s.