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We’re Headed Back to Zamunda! Coming to America’s Sequel Will Arrive in 2021

By | November 20, 2020

It’s been 31 years since we’ve visited Zamunda, and it’s about time we went back!

The long-awaited sequel to the 1988 romantic comedy Coming to America has officially become a reality. After being produced by Paramount Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures, it was announced that Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to the sequel, which is set to release on March 5, 2021.

The film, titled Coming 2 America, has tapped Craig Brewer, the director of Hustle & Flow and the Footloose remake, to lead the project. Brewer previously directed Eddie Murphy in the Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, and according to Deadline, the two are eager to work together again.

Murphy is expected to return as Prince Akeem, who traveled from his fictional African country of Zamunda to escape an arranged marriage. He went on to find the love of his life and eventual queen, Lisa McDowell, in Queens, while giving us a plethora of iconic scenes. And yes, there are quite a few familiar faces in that clip, because Coming to America had a star-studded cast, including Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson (briefly), and Louie Anderson. While we don’t know who will be back for the sequel, we do know what the story is currently shaping up to be. Deadline reports that in the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unexpected heir.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has been tapped to rewrite a script by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, while Murphy will serve as producer with Kevin Misher.

“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”

Matthew Perry Just Confirmed the Friends Reunion Is Happening in March

By | November 12, 2020

We could not be more excited: the Friends reunion is happening for real! It’s been rumored for some time that there would be a reunion special of the iconic sitcom, and now it’s officially in the works. So when can we watch our favorites back together again?

According to Matthew Perry, it’s all happening in March 2021. “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!” Perry tweeted on Nov. 12.

The Friends reunion special was initially supposed to go hand in hand with the launch of HBO Max this past May. However, due to concerns surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), production was pushed back.

HBO Max famously snapped up the streaming rights to the entire original series of Friends, which left its previous streaming home at Netflix in November 2019. The Friends reunion will be a major must-see event right off the bat for HBO’s new streaming service, which enters an increasingly crowded and competitive market for streaming.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together – we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, said in a statement in THR. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

THR also reported that the special will be filmed on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, CA, where the original series was shot. All six of the original stars are signed on and will also executive produce, along with a slew of other producers. The six cast members shared the news to their respective Instagrams, all using the same promotional image and the caption “It’s happening” – except for Matt LeBlanc, whose post had the same caption but jokingly used a photo of the M*A*S*H cast instead.