The long-awaited sequel to the Eddie Murphy Classic is being sold to Amazon Studios by distributor Paramount Pictures, in a deal worth about $ 125 million, insiders said. Sources said the expected streaming premiere date is December 18.
The final details are being ascertained, sources said, including two complex consumer marketing tie-ins with McDonald’s and whiskey brand Crown Royal, which are expected to be moved to Amazon Studios with the film. Murphy, who produced, as well as the stars in the film, had to offer their blessings.
The sale has been cited as a priority for Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke, who is hunting for more commercial rent without a “paramount” takeover, with the recent acquisition of the sequel to “Borat”, Tom Clancy’s conversion Starring Michael B. Jordan. The studio also chose Regina Kings One Night in Miami, “which is expected to be an Oscar contender.
Due to the ongoing movie theater closures and the release date of countless blockbusters, Paramount has been exploring several options for the temporary Christmas Day release of “Christmas 2 America” in recent weeks – including selling owner rights to the house is. , Sources said. Other streaming services also watched the film.
The project is one of several that Paramount has sold to streamers this year, including Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of Chicago 7” and the action comedy “Lovebirds”, which both went to Netflix. The studio sold Amazon without “regrets”.
“Cumming to America” was directed by John Landis for the first time in 1988, and saw Murphy as the charming African prince Akeem, who traveled to New York City to avoid an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Sherry Headley and John Amos co-starred. The film grossed nearly $ 300 million at the worldwide box office.
In the sequel, Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional country Zamunda when he discovers that he has a son he never knew in America – a street-loving Queens native called LaValle. Wanting to groom his grandson as crown prince to honor the former king, Akeem and Semimi founded America. Murphy, Hall and Jones are reprising their roles. Additional cast members include Tracy Morgan and Jay Pharaoh.