Nostalgia in Entertainment Continues with a ‘Coming To America’ Sequel
It only took 30 years but finally, we are getting a sequel to the hit comedy Coming to America.
The original film was released in 1988 and saw commercial-box office success in the U.S. and internationally. Throughout the years it has become a culture favorite within the black community, earning its place alongside films like Love Jones, Love and Basketball, Boyz n the Hood just to name a few. Although this film is older than me, I grew up watching these classic black films so they always have a special place in my heart. Watching these films, especially Coming to America, is always nostalgic, taking me back to the simpler times of my childhood.
This sequel is keeping on trend with the theme of nostalgia we’ve been seeing in entertainment lately. Disney has begun turning their original movies, like The Little Mermaid, Mulan, The Lion King, etc. into live-action remakes. They’ve also been creating spinoffs of their older Disney Channel shows like Raven’s Home and Girl Meets World. However, Disney isn’t the only company bringing back nostalgia into entertainment. HBO is bringing back CW’s Gossip Girl for a spin-off series taking place 8 years after the original ended. Hulu also followed suit by bringing back the popular show Veronica Mars on their platform for a 4th season.
This sequel for Coming to America has been in the works for some time now. Development for the film began back in 2017 after The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Johnathan Levine (Warm Bodies) would be directing the film and Kenya Barris (Black-ish) would be stepping in to rewrite the script. Eddie Murphy, who starred in the original film as main character Prince Akeem, also has had a hand in the development of this sequel. All that is known about the plot currently is that before Prince Akeem is crowned as King, he will be returning back to Queens to reconnect with a son he never knew he had as part of his father’s dying wish.
The film is still currently in development, however, this week more of the cast has been revealed to us. We know that a couple of stars from the original film will be reprising their (primary) roles in the sequel. Those stars include Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Paul Bates. I’m especially excited to see Murphy and Hall reprise their roles as best buds Prince Akeem and Semmi in the new film. Having all these actors back for their original roles will definitely bring sentimentality into the new film.
We also have some new faces joining the Coming to America family. Wesley Snipes has been confirmed to play a new character named General Izzi, who rules over the neighboring country beside Zamunda, Prince Akeem’s country. Also joining the cast will be Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Prince Akeem’s daughter. Leslie Jones and Rick Ross have also been confirmed to be a part of the sequel, however, their roles in the movie have not been released yet.
The film is set to release in theaters next year on December 18, 2020!