Here’s Why Eddie Murphy Turned Down The “Coming to America” Sequel Idea From Ryan Coogler

As we gear up for the highly anticipated, “Coming to America” sequel, star Eddie Murphy spills the tea!

According to a recent interview , Murphy declined an idea pitched by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler.

“[Coogler] had an idea for Micahel B. Jordan to play my son and he would be looking for a wife,” said Murphy. ” I was like, then the movie would be about the son, it’s not our characters, we already did that. It didn’t come together.”

Debuted in 1988, the original film included Murphy and co-stars James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, and Arsenio Hall.


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“The way the story ended was kind of like, ‘And they lived happily ever after.’ Then all this time passed and the movie became this cult thing,” continued the 59-year-old actor and comedian. “Catchphrases from the movie start working their way into the culture. Stores turning themselves into McDowell’s [where Prince Akeem worked.] I see Beyoncé and Jay-Z dressed up like the Zamunda characters for Halloween.”

The official sequel, “Coming 2 America” is set to debut on Amazon Prime on March 5 and stars most of the original cast and some newcomers.

Eddie Murphy stars along with Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones.

We can’t wait to see what Prince Akeem and crew have been up to after all these years!

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