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A 'Coming to America' Sequel Is Currently In Development

A sequel to Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" is currently in development.

Eddie Murphy caused quite the frenzy a few weeks back when an account in his name, sent out a tweet asking followers if they wanted a sequel of his 1988 classic Coming to America.


It was later confirmed, via his daughter's Instagram, that he didn't even know he had a Twitter account, and the page was deleted soon after. The ordeal pretty much quashed all hopes of a possible sequel.

Or so we thought.

Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that Paramount Pictures is currently developing Coming to America 2, and they've commissioned the film's original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to pen it.

There's no word yet, as to whether or not Murphy will reprise his role as the endearing Prince Akeem Joffer of Zamunda, or if any of the original cast members: James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and Arsenio Hall—to name a few—will appear in the film.

The fact that Murphy hasn't yet been confirmed isn't sitting well with everyone. Some are skeptical about how the film will be executed.

Others seem genuinely excited about the news, it appears that some folks have been waiting for this moment for their entire lives.

Both positions are valid—a Coming to America sequel could either be insanely good or uncomfortably bad. Either way, our curiosity has piqued.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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