Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to ‘Coming 2 America‘from Paramount Pictures. The long-awaited sequel to the iconic comedy ‘The Prince of Zamunda’ will premiere in more than 240 countries and territories around the world on Prime Video on March 5, 2021.
Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, the newly crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his faithful confidant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on a hilarious new adventure that takes them around the world, from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York, where it all began.
Favorites from the original ‘The Prince of Zamunda’ cast return for this installment, including King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones), Queen Lisa (Shari Headley), Cleo McDowell (John Amos), Maurice (Louie Anderson) and the motley barbera group. Joining this group of stars are Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Bella Murphy, Rotimi, KiKi Layne, Nomzamo Mbatha and Teyana Taylor, making Coming 2 America the most anticipated comedy movie of the year.
“‘The Prince of Zamunda’ was a cultural phenomenon and is one of the most beloved and celebrated comedies of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “Thanks to Eddie Murphy’s comic 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 movie that is sure to become a timeless movie “.
What could be better than a return to Zamunda? We are very excited that Amazon Studios is bringing Eddie Murphy and Coming 2 America to a worldwide audience where they can laugh again with the characters they have loved for 30 years, and meet new ones that they will love for years to come, “said the producer Kevin Misher.
‘Coming 2 America‘is directed by Craig Brewer of Paramount Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures, and produced by Eddie Murphy Productions and Misher Films. The screenplay was written by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, with the story of Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Justin Kanew, based on the characters created by Eddie Murphy. Producers are Kevin Misher and Eddie Murphy, and executive producers are Brian Oliver, Bradley Fischer, Valerii An, Kenya Barris, Charisse Hewitt-Webster, Michele Imperato Stabile and Andy Berman.
‘The Prince of Zamunda’ hit theaters in 1988 to become a box office hit reaching more than $ 288 million in total gross worldwide box office. The comedy was translated into more than 25 languages around the world, known in other countries as Un Prince New York in France, Der Prinz aus Zamunda in Germany, Un Prncipe in New York throughout Latin America, Il Principe Cerca Moglie in Italy and many more, to become the iconic film we all know and love today. Beyond its financial success, the film was a cultural phenomenon that was not only timeless, but also a celebrated American comedy, making the film a classic for all generations. The memorable characters and the story of a fish out of water connected audiences around the world, which is why fans have made it a movie to rewatch over the years.