‘Coming 2 America’ Gets 2021 Release Date on Amazon Prime Video

Coming to America (Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Coming 2 America is coming to Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021, the streamer announced Friday.

The sequel to the hit 1988 comedy reunites original stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement to the media. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comedic genius along with the brilliant filmmakers, writers and fabulous cast, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this new adventure. We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”

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Paramount Pictures originally planned to release the sequel in theaters this December, but with half the nation’s movie theaters still shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the studio sold the film to Amazon last month.

The new movie will pick up the story with Murphy’s Prince Akeem discovering he has a son he never knew about in America, as he prepares to become king of fictional African nation Zamunda. To honor his father’s dying wish to groom his grandson as a future leader, Akeem and Semmi return to America.

Coming 2 America is directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Dolemite Is My Name). In addition to Murphy and Hall, John Amos, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, Paul Bates and Vanessa Bell Calloway reprise their roles.

Additional cast members include Jermaine Fowler, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, and Wesley Snipes.