Coming to America is a 1988 (the year I was born, shit) classic comedy about Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of fictional African nation of Zamunda who travels to America to find a bride in order to avoid going through with an arranged marriage. It’s an incredibly funny movie, it’s one I grew up watching and I’ve always gone back to every few years and always found really entertaining. It always felt like a self contained movie, a one and done if you will and I never thought a year sequel or spinoff or dare I speak the words ‘shared universe’ would ever be necessary.
Now reports come out that the writers of the original movie Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield have been tasked to write a sequel to the comedy hit. There’s been no word however if any, let alone just Eddie Murphy, of the original cast would be returning. It seems odd to me to announce this if they haven’t had talks with cast members to at least cue up cameos. Nothing has been reveled about potential plot so it is unknown if they even plan to Base this around Prince Akeem at all. This could be a story about his son or daughter taking a similar trip to find love. Or they could make this about a prince or princess of a different country in a dreaded ‘shared universe’ scenario.
If this is to be a sequel with Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones then I would be most worried about the movie falling into similar problems abouts other late sequels such as Zoolander 2 or Dumb and Dumber Too. Other of those movies have fantastic originals, I love Zoolander and Dumb and Dumber but the sequels set 10-20 years later just didn’t work. The biggest reason for me was that there was no growth. The characters were exactly the same as they were in the originals. The reason of having a movie set that much later is so the audience can see what the characters are up to now and that doesn’t work if they’re just doing the same old shit, depending on the age of the characters it can just be sad instead of charming. So if this is a sequel for the characters I just hope there is some growth and change in what they are up to.
What do you think? Are you excited for a sequel to Coming to America? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy.