18 items from 2017
Girls Gone Cold
After making over $700 million across two films (although the second took a major dip in box office receipts), Sex and the City 3 seemed like a sure thing. The film had been in development for some time and a lot of talks were taking place, but it looks like the movie has now been shelved. “It’s over,” Sarah Jessica Parker told Extra. “We’re not doing it. … I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.” Read more here.
Coming Back To America
- Luke Owen
Back in March of this year it was rumoured that Eddie Murphy was working on a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy Coming to America, with Paramount Pictures subsequently confirming the report and revealing that original screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield were on board to pen the film.
Well, Deadline now has an update on the progress, with the trade reporting that Jonathan Levine (Snatched, 50/50, The Night Before) has signed on to direct, while Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip) will rewrite the script from Blaustein and Sheffield.
Apparently, Murphy is yet to finalise a deal to reprise his role as Prince Akeem but is expected to return. As yet, there’s no word as to whether any of the other cast members from the original – such as Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos and Eriq La Salle – are likely to be back. »
- Gary Collinson
Coming to America 2: The sequel to the hit 1988 comedy Coming to America is moving forward with original star Eddie Murphy expected to reprise his role as Prince Akeem of Zamunda. The first movie's screenwriters, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, wrote a new script, but that will now be rewritten by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Snatched director Jonathan Levine has been tapped by Paramount to helm the follow-up. [THR] Venom: First we saw Kirsten Dunst play Spider-Man's girlfriend, now we could see her Dick co-star Michelle Williams as the love interest of Spidey's greatest nemesis. The Oscar-nominated actress is in talks to star in Sony's Spidey-less Venom opposite Tom Hardy, who has the...
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- Christopher Campbell
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.
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- Beatrice Verhoeven
Coming to America 2: The sequel to the hit 1988 comedy Coming to America is moving forward, with original star Eddie Murphy expected to reprise his role as Prince Akeem of Zamunda. The first movie's screenwriters, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, wrote a new script, but that will now be rewritten by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Snatched director Jonathan Levine has been tapped by Paramount to helm the follow-up. [THR] Venom: First we...
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Paramount is moving forward with the long-gestating sequel Coming to America 2, setting a new director and writer. Jonathan Levine (Snatched) has come aboard to direct this Coming to America sequel, working from a script by Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Barbershop: The Next Cut). The project was first rumored earlier this year, but was eventually confirmed, and now it seems the studio is moving forward on this sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this sequel, which comes five months after original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield were brought on by Paramount to write the script. It isn't clear if Kenya Barris will be working from their draft, or if he will be doing a page-one rewrite and starting from scratch. Paramount hasn't set a release date or a production schedule yet, but with a new director and writer aboard, that may happen sooner rather than later. »
Director Jonathan Levine will team with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris on a sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 hit Coming to America, Deadline has confirmed. Barris will rewrite a Barry Blaustein & David Sheffield script. Murphy is expected to reprise his role for the Paramount sequel, though nothing’s been finalized. Blaustein and Sheffield wrote the original Coming to America, directed by John Landis. Kevin Misher will produce the sequel. Levine’s roster of directing credits… »
Levine, whose credits include “Snatched,” “The Night Before,” “50/50,” and “Warm Bodies,” will direct from a script that Barris will rewrite from a screenplay by original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Kevin Misher is producing.
Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel, although there’s no deal in place yet for him to star. Kevin Misher is the producer.
The original movie was directed by John Landis, with Murphy playing a charming African prince who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the “Coming to America,” which was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.
Humorist Art Buchwald sued the studio on grounds that the »
- Dave McNary
25 September 2017 1:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Levine has been tapped to direct a follow-up to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy, with Barris on board to rewrite the script.
The sequel has long percolated at Paramount, but it was only this spring that the studio made it official, with Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who penned the 1988 original, hired to write the follow-up.
Although there is no deal in place, Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel — which will be produced by Kevin »
- Borys Kit
Author: Zehra Phelan
Only recently Eddie Murphy took to twitter to tease 80’s film fans over a return to set for a Coming to America sequel, subsequently, that tweet and his whole account were deleted after he claimed his account had been hacked.
Fast forward to only a month later, it has now been confirmed that writers of the original, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, have taken on a contract to pen a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy in which saw Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem of the fictional African nation of Zamunda in a role in which he wanted to know what it was like to be a normal man, one who didn’t need servants to wipe his backside and sow his royal oats before engaging in an arranged marriage with a complete stranger.
Details of the plot are being kept secret, well under lock and key for »
- Zehra Phelan
Nearly 30 years after Prince Akeem left Zamunda for New York, a sequel to Coming To America is in the works. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paramount is enlisting the writers behind the original, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, to work on it. Blaustein and Sheffield’s last major credit together was the 2005 Honeymooners reboot.
THR notes that it’s unclear whether Murphy, who is credited with the story on the John Landis-directed film, would be involved. However, the star did seem to tease a follow-up on Twitter recently, but that situation was also incredibly fishy. A verified Twitter account attributed to Murphy blasted out a picture of Vanessa Bell Calloway as Imani Izzi with the accompanying text “Coming to America sequel?” Murphy then vanished from the platform entirely, taking the tweet along with him.
- Esther Zuckerman
Labyrinth isn’t the only cult classic from yesteryear that’s poised to receive a new lease of life – according to The Hollywood Reporter, that long-rumored Coming to America sequel has officially sprung into life, and who better to script the screenplay than the original writers?
That’s right, after introducing Eddie Murphy’s wonderfully pompous Prince Akeem to the world in ’88, Paramount has welcomed back Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to pen a treatment for the follow-up. THR goes on to note that the sequel is currently lingering in the very early stages of development, though we understand Kevin Misher (Carrie, Public Enemies) has signed on to produce.
The big question now is, of course, whether Murphy will reprise as Prince Akeem, who uprooted from a wealthy African nation for Brooklyn, New York in order to escape the clutches of an arranged marriage. It was the ultimate pitch for a fish-out-of-water comedy, »
- Michael Briers
The original writers of the classic 1980s Eddie Murphy movie Coming To America have reportedly been hired to pen a sequel. We first heard about this via a leaked tweet a couple of weeks ago, but The Tracking Board have seemingly confirmed the news that the sequel is ‘on’ after Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield have signed with Paramount Pictures to write a screenplay for a follow-up.
The original was directed by John Landis and followed Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), a prince of a wealthy African country who wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to America accompanied by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), to find his queen. Disguised as a foreign student working in fast food, he romances Lisa (Shari Headley), but struggles with revealing his true identity to her and his marital »
- Paul Heath
Not that I have a say at all in the matter but Paramount Pictures seems to be going right ahead with a Coming to America sequel and they’ve already hired the original screenwriters for it. According to The Tracking Board, a Coming to America sequel is in the works at Paramount Pictures, with the original film’s screenwriters Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield signed to write the script. It is being written as a vehicle for Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem (most likely King Akeem by now) of the fictional country of Zamunda to return. The original film was directed by John
Five Conditions in Which I’ll Allow a Coming to America Sequel »
- Nat Berman
Last month, a new report surfaced that comedy legend Eddie Murphy has been secretly writing the screenplay for Coming to America 2, a follow-up to his 1988 classic which he both starred in and received a story credit for. The news regarding this sequel was never confirmed, but first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's verified Twitter account sent out a tweet about a Coming to America sequel, which lead to the actor's entire account being deleted. Today we have confirmation that the sequel is actually happening, with original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield writing the script.
The news first surfaced after Eddie Murphy's Twitter account posted a cryptic tweet that only read, "Coming to America sequel?" along with a photo of the Princess Imani character played by Vanessa Bell Calloway. After the actor's account was deleted, a report surfaced that claimed Coming to America 2 is in fact in the works, »
Nearly thirty years after the release of the original film, Paramount Pictures is finally moving forward on a sequel to the hit Eddie Murphy-led comedy, Coming to America. The 1988 film saw Murphy playing an African prince who decides he wants no part in an arranged marriage and travels to Queens in search of a smart, independent-minded and loving wife.
The Tracking Board first reported the long-rumoured news and confirmed that writers of the original film, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, are on board to pen the sequel. Kevin Misher (Public Enemies, Carrie) is set to produce the film, which is still in the very early stages of development.
Murphy’s involvement with the sequel is unknown at the time, although one would assume that the film would have a hard time getting off the ground without his return as Prince Akeem. Of course, the creative team behind the movie »
- Justin Cook
Whoa, so apparently a sequel to the 1988 comedy Coming To America starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall is in underway, with original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield working on a script in the hope that Murphy will return as the royal Prince Akeem. With Kevin Misher set to produce the project, all of the details concerning Coming To America 2 are currently being kept under lock... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
13 April 2017 11:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
A Coming to America sequel has been a long-rumored project, but Paramount is finally taking steps toward production.
In the John Landis-directed original, Murphy played Prince Akeem, who traveled from his wealthy African country to Queens, New York, to escape an arranged marriage and »
- Mia Galuppo
18 items from 2017
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