Coming to America 2: Craig (Hustle & Flow) Brewer to Direct Eddy Murphy Sequel Comedy

Paramount Pictures has hired  Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”) to direct its sequel to the 1988 Eddy Murphy comedy Coming to America, with Murphy as star.

The project has been in the works for years with Jonathan Levine previously attached to direct. The California Film Commission awarded Paramount 13 million tax credit last year for “Coming to America 2” but that was conditioned on production launching within 180 days.

Kenya Barris has been attached since 2017 to rewrite a script by original “Coming to America” writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher.