It’s been more than 30 years since Coming To America came out in cinemas.
While the 1988 film was panned by critics on release, it was loved by audiences and went on to become a box office smash – and then a cult classic- appearing on many people’s must-see movie list.
Now a follow up – Coming 2 America – is about to be released, but the film’s star and creator, Eddie Murphy, says it’s something he never expected would happen. Eddie Murphy said “I totally was not thinking about doing a sequel to this movie because the story ended and they lived happily ever after, that was the end of it and we went on with our lives.
“But then Coming To America, of all the movies that I’ve done in the last 40 years, Coming To America is the only one that became like a cult movie. “They show Coming To America on TV so much, it’s always on TV, and little lines from the movie became catchphrases and the mic drop that Randy Watson did that became like this thing – people drop the mic, and then people started dressing up like characters on Halloween, and VH1 showed Coming to America 24 hours straight at Christmas.”
“So 25 years later, it was like, wow, if we could figure out a way to connect these dots, we could make a Coming to America sequel, there are people that would go see it.”
The sequel sees Murphy’s character from the first film, Prince Akeem Joffer, set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son in America, so heads back to the country with his best friend Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall.
Its coming to Amazon Prime Video on 5th March
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