Eddie Murphy could be penning a sequel to 1988's Coming to America. That's a great idea, in the sense that Coming to America remains one of his under-appreciated gems. It's a very very bad idea, in that Murphy and Hollywood (individually and together) don't have the best record when it comes to sequels.
So you see, my dear '80s fans, there is a very fine line between love and nausea.
The UK's Daily Mail reports that Murphy tweeted a photo of actress Vanessa Bell Calloway dressed as "Princess Imani Izzi" from the movie with the comment: "Coming to America sequel?"
The tweet has since been deleted, but TMZ says friends close to Murphy say the comedian is indeed in the "early writing stages" of a sequel.
It's been nearly 30 years now - gasp! - since the original flick, which left us with Prince Akeem marrying Lisa McDowell. There are so many potential storylines to pursue. For example:
- Akeem could finally ascend the throne when his father King Jaffe Joffer retires.
- The children of Akeem and Lisa could be due for their own marriages.
- Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate reunites for a Grammy performance.
- Or, alas, maybe Akeem returns to Queens to take over the McDowell hamburger empire. (Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.")
Either way, this is one Hollywood sequel that has seeds.