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Good news for 'Coming To America' fans who wore out their copies on VHS cassette tapes and DVDs: a sequel has been confirmed after 30 years!

The 1988 original starred Murphy, 56, and Arsenio Hall, 61, as African Prince Akeem and his man servant, Semmi. Prince Akeem travels to America to find his queen (a woman who will stimulate his intellect as well as his loins).

Prince Akeem is so pampered, that he has never bathed himself or wiped his own butt ("Oha, it is my twenty-first birthday. Do you think perhaps just once I might use the bathroom by myself?").

There is no official release date for the much-anticipated sequel, but it is said to be in production.

Thanks to reruns on cable TV, Coming To America has gained a new following over the decades.

Some fans even created memes of mock movie posters.

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via Vlad TV --The rumor was actually started when in March, Murphy himself, tweeted an image of actress Vanessa Bell Calloway that bore a caption reading, "Coming to America sequel?" This week the imminence of a part-two to the 80's classic received a confirmation with the naming of the film's director and screenwriter.

Black-ish creator and Girls Trip co-writer Kenya Barris has been tapped to rewrite the script and Jonathan Levine of The Wackness, 50/50, and The Night Before will direct the Kevin Misher production. They replace original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, original director John Landis and producers of the 1988 original, George Folsey, Jr. and Robert D. Wachs. There has been no word yet on whether actors Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley or John Amos will be returning for the sequel.

  • Coy little wink

    How can u top this movie its a classic!

    Plot guess...akeem cheats on Lisa with a white girl...they have a daughter who is a stripper and a son who is a tranny...

  • Jen_no_juice

    Nooooo don't ruin it please. Michael Blackson isn't that funny to me. Kevin Hart either

  • freelancepimp .

    They should leave it alone.

  • Crazy tee

    It doesn't make any sense for these people to be alive and well and not make a come back...this sequel would go down for the books if a lot originals come back....

  • Dahl


  • Vegas1989

    Let this move be. It's one of my favorite movies....

  • Karen Brady

    You had me until Kevin Hart. I just recently started appreciating this movie.. wasn't in love with it back in the day. Still glad to hear though.

  • Karen Brady

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... might as well.

  • MookieFly

    the original was perfectly fine and still a classic today. Can't they just do a movie like it but not be a sequel? Plus Eddie had talent. Too many black comedic actors today are one note. No versatility. Kevin Hart the main one.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Let this classic be great. If it ain't broke don't fix it...

  • Karen Brady

    Right.. if they get the originals.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Unfortunately, Madge Sinclair, who played the Queen, died in 1995. But I hope they bring back Eddie, Arsenio, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Paul Bates (Oha), and that gawjus Sheila Johnson, who didn't have any lines but she lit up the screen!


  • Karen Brady

    And I'd like to add DAMN DAMN DAMN why did Frankie, Cleo and TT have to die maaan??

  • Quitedeliteful


  • Acts238

    Can Issa Rae be apart? This time, I'd like to see Continental Africans in leading/supporting roles here. I hope this will be another opportunity to bridge the gap between the Continentals and Diaspora folks. If yall can get Idris Elba, newcomer Kofi.. and others that would be great too. Even Half Ghanian bae Boris Kodjoe and half Nigerian beauty Nicole Beharie as the leading lady.. then of course.. any African (American) comedic young Queens and Kings.. especially those from social media that are hilarious. I get tired of the division and bickering... who aint African.. who is... I mean c'mon.. take a genetic test already.. stick together like Asians whether they are born in Asia or naw and get this money

  • MookieFly

    EJ Johnson better stay away from this film lmaoo

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm guessing Prince Akeem has a harem of wives and a couple dozen children. Lisa stomped out of the palace and went back to America, so Akeem follows her and convinces her to return and take her rightful place in his harem. That would be so romantic! ?

  • You Could Never

    Arsenio Hall, 61


  • Chris
  • Kim’s Original Face

    I hope they dont pass Kevin Hart the script with his corny self

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Eddie will probably play the king and Kevin will be the prince who goes to America to find his bride. If that's the plotline, I'll pass. Kevin plays the same one-dimensional character in every movie. ?

  • IAmLegend

    I had no idea she passed away

  • BlahBlahBlah

    I don't think it will be any good. Should have been sooner. Maybe a parity would have been better, like some Black American's Going back to Africa?

  • Yardgirl

    That is pretty good Miss Sandra!?

  • Bonsai

    And don't forget about Jidenna with his fine self.

  • BlahBlahBlah

    Shyt gonna b wack!

  • Coy little wink

    Yes but without some strippers and trannies it won't be modern ?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I hope hey dont either. Kev is a monotone comedian and waters down any movie he's in....lowkey his face looks a lil worn to play Eddies son...

  • IamAllnatural

    Noooo, leave my favorite movie alone, it's a classic!

  • Clorox

    i'm aggravated because i heard a week ago that they were coming out with this and doing a labyrinth sequel too, but neither one have announced a release/production date or timeline..i told my brothers n sisters about it and none of em cared due to that reason and kept on w/ their conversations.

  • MookieFly

    Now if Eddie comes back, I might just watch it but Kevin too old to play a prince. Someone mentioned Issa Rae. I could see them doing a different spin with a princess coming to America.

  • Clorox

    could they maybe leave kevin out of it? could the meme just maybe be trolling us? i could see michael blackson but kevin hart please for the love of GOD no.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Don't fix what isn't broken

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I know who Madge Sinclair is! I posted a pic of Sheila Johnson.

  • tt

    Kevin Hart is not funny dammit. When will people finally understand this?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    COULDNT leave well enough alone ! THESE Days Entertainment lack originality and creativity

  • Str8tUpMenace


  • morenYAHdelsur

    I like that. Linking the diaspora with those on the continent. Touché.


    That's actually a great idea, so chances are, they ain't gone do it. LOL. Either Issa or the girl who plays Molly would be funny in that role...

  • Browneyes

    My kids say the same thing. He is not funny

  • Elle

    Ok, i love this movie but you know this movie is our heritage so it got to be funky! I feel now this is just my thoughts. Chris tucker and Jaimie Foxx, Brandon T Jackson7, Cedric the entertainer. You guaranteed to laugh and have royalty. Anyway I'm here for it!

  • RaginB

    Kevin Hart not funny tho ?

  • TheOwley

    Kevin Hart is in it. What a way to scuttle my enthusiasm.

  • Elle

    Yessssss everything you said! Love it Yea lord i did not think about Idris Fine self. Lord this would be so good on Christmas!

  • DeeFromLA

    They better not f@$k it up

  • Miss Thang

    OH NOOOO :;( OMG NOOOO I can't watch this!

  • pika12

    That poster is not real. At least I hope not.

  • Pebbles

    Right! I prefer original actors only and a few unknown.

    Kevin always over act in his movies and it's becoming old..

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  • pika12

    There's no confirmation as to who is in it. I think, hope, and pray that's just a fake poster and Kevin Hart will not be in the movie.

  • brownisback

    Just let the first one be great

  • NicoleZee

    Yep. No one has original ideas anymore, they basically just copy and produce these terrible unnecessary sequels. The sequel to Coming To America will probably suck. I rarely go to the movies, most of the movies today are shitty at best. I usually watch most of them online anyway. I hate when I waste money seeing a movie that ended up being a POS! I'm a horror movie lover, but for the last couple of years, even the horror genre has sucked. The best horror movies were made in the 70s and 80s, now, not so much. Sad.

  • Prettybootnikki

    I would rather see that guy that’s behind Kevin Hart to be in this movie than Kevin Hart in any role of this movie. That guy is very funny. I guess his name is Michael B.
    No one wants to see mr. Mac rib

  • MzApple

    Nope, Kevin Hart ruined it for me. I DO NOT find him funny AT ALL. Good luck tho

  • TheOwley

    IDK. They need to do a market test on that. He will single handedly kill the project before it takes off the ground.

  • ~~eb

    I do not want Kevin Hart or Michael Blackson ANYWHERE near this project!

  • sunni_daze

    You can't make this movie without the originals. If Eddie and Arsenio not in it, I aint watching

  • tintin

    i love this movie. we shall see.

  • brownisback

    Any time I see Michael Blackson I think of straight to EBTt/No Limit type movies

  • Unhappy American

    It already looks bad and bootleg and why Kevin Hart?? ISSA HELL NO for me

  • Yoni7

    Interesting. As much as the movie is a classic.....Kevin Hart deaded it for me. Never been a fan of his. Michael Blackson is cool. He might be funny in it, but Kev........I'll pass.

    I still crack up at Erykah and Michaels for that d/p rap.

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  • Yoni7

    LOVE Issa, Idris (going to see his and Matt Mc's movie soon - Dark Tower) and Kofi.

  • Miss Thang

    good idea.

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    I don't even know how I feel about this....my first thought is....hard pass...but if enough people go see and tell me its worth it then I might go or wait until it goes to Netflix.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    AGREED on all that! especially about the horror movies

  • JV

    I would watch that with Issa Rae if it came on Netflix, but this is truly not the same movie if Eddie Murphy isn't in it. It's just a brand new movie that and they're using the original as way to market it.

  • Queen B

    Kevin needs to sit out on this one....ill take Michael Blackson tho

  • Miss Thang

    I simply cannot watch this if Kevin Hart is in it. Please don't ruin my childhood! Seriously, this movie was one of the few bright spots in my otherwise crappy childhood.

  • Miss Thang

    I would accept Michael Blackson too. But, Kevin issa NO.

  • SolEK Ennis-Klyczek

    This movie is such a well-made classic that I loathe the thought of it being redone.

  • Dem Moore

    I never liked Kevin he isn't funny to me.

  • pure_rachet

    So I should watch the original? Lol

  • Kanyade

    i am conflicted about this.

    coming to america is a classic. but i would love to see the old heads (eddie, arsenio, etc.) reprise their roles. heck, even john amos and dottie the poodle!


  • Dainese

    Its not real.

  • Keepin’IT100

    Say word!!

  • Connie

    My daughter and I know the words to Coming to America verbatim! If I'm browsing and see it on, I'm stopping to watch and act out the whole damn movie. Pretty Woman too.

  • hottlanta

    Shame on yall. Yall forgot that Sexual Chocolate invented the iconic mike drop everyone tries to follow. I would love to see will there be an older Sexual Chocolate or will there be a younger version call Sexual Chocolate or be politically correct and be call Sexual Chocolate and Vanilla because he is biracial now.

  • hottlanta

    Shame on yall. Yall forgot that Sexual Chocolate invented the iconic mike drop everyone tries to follow. I would love to see will there be an older Sexual Chocolate or will there be a younger version call Sexual Chocolate or be politically correct and be call Sexual Chocolate and Vanilla because he is biracial now.

  • hottlanta

    I guess Kevin gonna be the monkey in a diaper in the movie, the same one that will be coming to his/wife baby shower. He is just loud and obnoxious to me but not funny. Kevin is funny looking, yes funny ha-ha, no

  • Ryan

    We just watched this clip last night. Classic.

  • datATLboi

    I don't think Kevin would be right for this smh

  • Tennessean

    It will not reach extreme laughter as the first one. Who will sing, " she is my queen" cause he hadn't been born yet!!!

  • free

    they gon f*ck it up with kevin hart and some other non-funny @ss negro.

  • Miss Thang

    That boy good!

  • hottlanta

    Imma get a kick outta women fighting to see who gonna be a flower petal thrower. Gabrielle was one of them. Don't forget he gave money to those 2 white broke stockbrokers from his previous movie and he gave them some money when he was walking with Lisa in the park and they said we're back. Will they show them being successful again. Think about it.

  • Stacey J

    "You must be crazy!"

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I for one won't be supporting. No one asked for this. I don't want to see a Coming To America sequel. I don't want need anybody to reprise their roles. This movie is a classic and should remain sacred. Also, 30+ years later is wayyyyy too late. America has changed tremendously. There's a ton of REAL Africans in the states now unlike back in 1985 so Black Americans playing Africans won't go over well. I also don't want them adding all of today's political and social commentary in the film. Leave a great film ALONE!

    There are so many Black stories to tell. Get some fresh new faces with new stories that can be deemed classics in the future. There's also tons of Black authors who have books that can be turned into movies. If Hollywood can't be creative, then they can surely purchase rights of those who are.

  • Stacey J

    Okay....see...you gonna have to give back your black card with that one! LOL

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    This person is more than likely under the age of 23. Coming to America came up a decade before they were born lol It's tons of Black kids who've never seen it and neither have some of their parents.

  • Faithz

    The first one was a Classic, We shall
    see how they rewrite the story lines.

  • Stacey J

    Coming to America is one of my all time favorites...while in theory a sequel would be great...I just don't think it would do the original justice...the first one was made 30 years when the vibe was totally different and the corniness that made it work then just wouldn't translate well today. It's a classic....they need to leave it alone....a sequel is one of those things it's more fun to talk about than actually see come to life.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    The sequel isn't even a great idea in theory. I was fine with how the movie ended.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Auntie, don't give these people any ideas lol

  • ?Royalty?

    Sequels have a habit of turning out...all kinds of wrong. If they do it, I hope it turns out right.
    Coming to America and Trading Places are still two of my favorite movies of all time.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I'm not conflicted. I don't want to see it. It's going to be bad and we all know this but some are in full denial.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I feel like you're asking for the Black Panther movie which seems to have cast every dark skinned Black person ever....both African and American.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    No auntie, it wouldn't be romantic. It would be tragic. Plus Lisa probably looks all of 58 years old. You know light brights don't age well.

  • ?Royalty?

    Oh Lawd, give that lady back her card! LOL! Stuff happens sometimes! You all have to let people explain and stuff before you start snatching their cards and whatnot.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Unless it's a superhero movie, cartoon/kid's film or sci-fi, then sequels are generally bad. The only exception was: The Godfather II.

  • Kimberly King

    Two words: HELL NO. Coming to America is a classic and one of my all-time favorite movies. Please let this classic be great in peace. Don't nobody wanna see Kevin Hart's dog ass play in nothing else! The most unfunniest ninja in the comedy world! I've watched his specials on Netflix and didn't even crack a smile. He's terrible. Soul Plane was funny AF though.

  • Noirluv45

    I can't count how many times my friend and I saw this movie. There is no way a sequel will work because the movie was like a puzzle. Everyone fit. Now they wanna bring people in and do what with it? I will not support this.

  • Noirluv45

    I guess creativity in Hollywood is at an all-time low.

  • NaeNay

    I watched this this past weekend and forgot how funny it was.
    Not sure about a sequel. Probably wouldn't live up to the original.
    let your soooouuulllll gloooooowww...

  • We Can Do This

    We need to start a petition to keep Kevin Hart out of the cast.

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  • noireyblanca

    The wedding at the beginning was Everything!!! Ol boy singing ? She's your queen to beeee????. Then that bomb ass African dance...ion know how they can top that! I just hope that it's funny cuz I luvs me some Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, they are comedic legends!

  • BRuhman_Vista

    Once a prince, now the KING of Zamunda returns!!!!! :-)

  • ArDnAhC45

    Good and terrible. LOL!!!

  • Solstice

    I loved their D challenge rap! They killed it! Did you see Sanaa's or Gabby?

  • AG

    I like Kev, but I have to agree. Lol. I don’t want to see him in this movie. He is too old to play Eddie’s son. Maybe Rotimi or Donald Glover...someone that is young and funny.

  • Karen Brady

    All of this.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Yes I'm here for it. C2A and Harlem Nights will always be classics. https://youtu.be/6MnN8zynLCc

  • pika12

    True, completely agree with everything you said. But just wanted to point out that it wasn't a wedding at the beginning. It was some sort of ceremonial introduction to his future "queen to beeee." The wedding would take place later, but he decided to go to America first to find a different queen. I hope they bring back both Eddie and Arsenio, if not I don't think it will be worth watching.

  • Miss Thang

    I think it was a wedding because the reason Eddie pulls her into the back room is because he wants to have some alone time with her and learn more about her before marrying her.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    This movie might be okay if they do it right. They must have the right cast and right story line. If it turns out to be just a repeat of the first one it will bomb. It needs to be a continuation of the first one.

  • kennedy campbell

    i'll support it! good or bad.some of these poc actors need the work

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Samuel L Jackson has me DYING when he holds up McDowell’s! In my family we only refer
    To McDonald’s as McDowell’s??

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Nah. I'm younger than the poster and I've seen the movie. Some people just haven't seen the movie.

  • pika12

    Okay, I see what you're saying. It was a wedding, he was supposed to get married at that point. But his Dad allowed him to stop or postpone the wedding, thinking he would later return and marry the same woman. I'd forgotten that aspect of the movie.

  • Ni Ni

    Is the old writers/producers dead? Anywhoo, i don't plan on putting my hard earned money in Eddie Coon Murphy and his Becky's pocket?.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I'm all for it just as long as Kevin Heart isn't in it. He just doesn't fit. Please people don't ruin it

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Thank ya. I just don't like him

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Just let me know where and when, in be the first sign!

  • KcoolMuziq

    It better be better than the first one or just leave it alone.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Same here I'll pass. It's the same script as the first one. Now if they let Eddie go with his son to America it might work.

  • We Can Do This

    Whoever is tech savvy on this board please set it up with a link...

  • Ladyvil

    Finally BUTT BUDDIES

  • Jussjess25

    What for ?


    Exactly! Coming to America was a classic and if its not going to be based or made after the 1st one then like you said, they might as well leave it alone.

  • Luvn_it

    The sequel is true,but that tweet was fake. Eddie Murphy doesn't have a Twitter or any other social media account.

  • Yoni7

    No. I didn't see theirs.

  • slim3542

    Lets hope this time around...the light skinned women roles will be portrayed as thirsty, undesired and unchosen.... and the darkskinned women will portray the "one"...without all the barking. js.

  • Whiteguy

    Pants up don't loot

  • Acts238

    Sis, what do you mean both African and American? American can be anyone? European, African, Asian descendants? Anciet African history is the Land of the Blacks. All Black people descend from African. Therefore, African by blood no matter where they are. And yes, Black Panther is awesome! I would love to see our people even West Indian Africans get cast in more projects. Hopefully we can break into Nollywood too.. seeing Vivica A Fox has already starred in one with Van Vicker.

  • Acts238

    Yessss.. Jidenna is too handsome. Have you seen Nigerian-Brit actor Anthony Joshua? Heck, bring Rotimi from Power too.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I think you are confused by my statement lol Some of the Black Panther actors and actresses are indeed African (like Lupita) or American (like Angela Bassett). There is a difference. It's okay to acknowledge that. Lupita was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and Angela Bassett was born in the U.S. to Black American parents....two different lineages and experiences. They are not the same thing. Stop forcing a "sameness" that doesn't exist beyond skin tone.

  • Bonsai

    Rotimi looks like a young version of LL Cool J.