“Coming to America” Sequel to Debut on Amazon Prime on March 5, 2021

“Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy, has landed on a date to come to audiences. The film which reunites Murphy and Arsenio Hall will debut on Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021, Amazon Studios said Friday.

Originally a Paramount Pictures theatrical release, the studio sold the film to the streamer last month but had yet to finalize a date.

“Coming to America was a cultural phenomenon that is one of the most loved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “We know audiences around the world will fall in love with this hilarious, joyful movie that will surely become a timeless favorite.”

James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos will also be reprising their roles alongside new additions like Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan and KiKi Layne.

The 1988 movie, featuring Murphy as Prince Akeem Joffer, tells the story of an African prince who must decide whether to uphold or break away from the long-standing traditions from his homeland, the fictional African nation of Zamunda.

The original film celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, the same year another film celebrating African royalty took hold of moviegoers: Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

SOURCE: The Associated Press