Hustle & Flow’s Craig Brewer to direct Coming To America sequel
The upcoming sequel to the acclaimed 1988 Eddie Murphy-led comedy Coming to America has found its director in Craig Brewer, known for writing and directing the acclaimed 2005 musical drama Hustle & Flow and modest 2006 success Black Snake Moan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film was originally set to be directed by Warm Bodies‘ Jonathan Levine who has since departed the project. Brewer, who previously worked with Paramount Pictures on Flow, Snake and the 2011 Footloose remake, will take the reins for the long-awaited sequel, which is penned by black-ish creator Kenya Barris.
The original film was directed by John Landis, and starred Murphy as a wealthy African prince who comes to Queens, New York posing as a poor man to search for a bride. The film co-starred Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Eriq La Salle and Louie Anderson.
Murphy has kept a low profile over the last five years, only starring in one film, the dramatic 2016 dud Mr. Church. He’s been attached to several non-starter projects, including Beverly Hills Cop IV, a Twins sequel titled Triplets, and a Richard Pryor biopic from Lee Daniels.
The upcoming sequel will mark the second collaboration between Brewer and Murphy, who filmed the upcoming biographical comedy Dolemite is My Name last year which is expected to hit Netflix sometime this year.
Barris created the Emmy-nominated series black-ish and co-wrote the comedy Girls Trip, which hit $114 million at the box office. He’s also worked on the Son of Shaft script.