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Eddie Murphy wasn’t here for Ryan Coogler’s idea for the highly-demanded Coming To America follow-up.
Eddie Murphy revealed that Ryan Coogler pitched him an idea to reboot Coming To America starring Michael B. Jordan as Prince Akeem’s son.
The 59-year-old explained in an interview with The New York Times, “[Coogler] had an idea for Michael B. Jordan to play my son and he would be looking for a wife. I was like, then the movie would be about the son, it’s not our characters, we already did that. It didn’t come together.”
Eddie Murphy added, “The way the story ended was kind of like, ‘And they lived happily ever after’. Then all this time passed and the movie became this cult thing. Catchphrases from the movie start working their way into the culture. Stores turning themselves into McDowell’s [where Prince Akeem worked.] I see Beyoncé and Jay-Z dressed up like the Zamunda characters for Halloween.”
Although Ryan Coogler’s idea didn’t come to fruition, the official Coming To America sequel still looks promising. Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Shari Headley reprised their roles, plus newcomers, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Teyana Taylor, and Wesley Snipes.
Do you think Eddie made the right choice or you would’ve like to see the Creed actor give it a shot? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.