Ahead of its release, Coming 2 America is shifting from Paramount to Amazon Studios. Paramount has sold the sequel to Amazon in what is reportedly a $125 million deal.
It is the second major film that Paramount was set to distribute and is now selling amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’s impact on theaters. Oscar contender The Trial of the Chicago 7 was sold by Paramount to Netflix.
According to Variety, final details are still being worked out, including consumer marketing campaigns. Deals with McDonald’s and Crown Royal are expected to go to Amazon with the film.
With theatrical releases in flux, Paramount sought to offload the film, and potentially thought to sell it to in-house Viacom streaming service, CBS All Access (soon-to-be Paramount+). However, Amazon seems to have been the better fit.
The film stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Louie Anderson and Paul Bates, alongside newcomers Jermaine Fowler, Kiki Layne, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Luenell, Tracy Morgan, Rotimi, Teyana Taylor and Rick Ross. The film will see Akeem (who is set to become Zamunda’s King) return to the U.S. to discover the son he never knew he had, LaVelle, to honor his dying father’s wish to see his grandson as prince.
The film’s current release date is December 18, 2020, but that is subject to change.