“Warm Bodies” helmer Jonathan Levine will direct the “Coming to America” sequel, while “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris will rewrite the script, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.
A sequel to the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy has long been discussed but Paramount made it official earlier this year when the studio hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the screenplay for the original film, to write the sequel.
Murphy is expected to return for the follow-up, although no formal deal is in place yet. Kevin Misher will produce.
The original film was directed by John Landis, and follows Prince Akeem (Murphy), who travels from Africa to Queens to escape an arranged marriage and find a wife who would love him, in spite of his royal title. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos also starred, with Hall playing his loyal right hand.
Levine’s credits include “Snatched,” “The Wackness,” “The Night Before,” “50/50” and “I’m Dying Up Here.” He is represented by ID PR and CAA.
Barris recently penned the screenplay for “Girls Trip,” and served as co-producer and writer on “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” He is represented by CAA and Principato-Young Entertainment.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.