The digital behemoth recently purchased the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 blockbuster Coming To America from Paramount.
Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem is Coming To America…. again.
The sequel to his 1988 comedy, in which Prince Akeem escapes his home country for New York City to avoid an arranged marriage, was originally scheduled for theatrical release this year. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, plans have changed and Paramount Pictures is looking to recover their losses.
A deal is reportedly underway for Amazon Studios to buy Coming 2 America for $125 million, with an expected streaming date of December 18. The deal includes two “complex consumer marketing tie-ins” with McDonald’s and whiskey brand Crown Royal.
The sale of the movie is apparently a priority for both Amazon and Paramount. Amazon is hoping to capitalize on the shutdown of theatres by acquiring more mainstream movies for its digital streaming service. They acquired the rights to the upcoming Borat sequel, and also a Tom Clancy adaptation titled Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan. The studio is also getting Regina King’s One Night in Miami, which is expected to be a 2021 Oscar contender.
Likewise, Paramount is doing the best they can to turn a profit. With theatres across the country still shuttered, the film company sold Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7 along with action comedy Lovebirds, to Netflix. They also sold the aforementioned Without Remorse.
According to Paramount Coming 2 America is set after the events of the first film. Former Prince Akeem is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his royal father’s dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America once again.
The film will reunite Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, and will also feature Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Jermaine Fowler as Murphy’s son.
Without a trailer for the film yet, check out the original one below.