Thankfully, Paramount has confirmed this is the case, and on top of that, they're bringing back the film's original director for the sequel.
Sequels and reboots are a dime a dozen these days, so it's hard to be genuinely excited about one, but having said that, we are pretty much besides ourselves at the announcement that there's a Coming To America 2 happening, with Eddie Murphy returning to the lead role. A sequel to the 1988 smash hit comedy has been in the works for a few years now, and the last update we had came in 2017 with the news that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris was writing the script for Jonthan Levine (50/50) directing. Murphy is producing the film alongside Kevin Misher while Barris will serve as executive producer.
The statement seems to suggest the cast of the original will be back, which includes Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and James Earl Jones. "We've assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an wonderful job on Dolemite [Is My Name], and I'm looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen".
As for the plot, we're told that "Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda". "From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away".
At this time, there is no official production start scheduled for Coming to America 2, but the hope is that it will begin shooting sometime this year. "He is a true auteur and we couldn't be more thrilled to have him on board".
My Name Is Dolemite is wrapped, with script by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, and Murphy playing the self-made blaxploitation film star alongside Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Rock, Craig Robinson and T.I. The picture will be released by Netflix.