Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are pairing up to reprise their role as Prince Akeem and Semmi for “Coming to America 2,” the sequel to their 1988 comedic hit film.
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Actor and comedian Joe Piscopo praised Murphy for his legendary comedy and expects the sequel to do extremely well at the box office since the movie has compiled a great amount of talent that includes Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones.
“Eddie Murphy and again, I can’t be objective because I love him like a brother,” he said during an interview on FOX Business’ “Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast” Tuesday. “Not before or since, has there been a more comic genius.”
Oscar winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter confirmed that she is signed on to work on the film by posting a picture on social media with both Murphy and Hall.
“GOOD MORNING MY NEIGHBORS! It’s official! Preliminary fitting for Coming to America 2 with Prince Akeem, Semmi and Oscar,” she commented on Instagram Monday.
Piscopo became a breakout star with Murphy during their stint on “Saturday Night Live.” The duo’s great chemistry was on display during their “Ebony & Ivory” skit where Piscopo played Frank Sinatra and Murphy played Stevie Wonder.
“Eddie would let me shine,” Piscopo said when asked if the Murphy was a scene stealer. “I said, ‘what am I doing with this brilliant guy?’ He’d step back and we would go back, we would go forth, ‘You are black, and I am white. You are blind as a bat.’”
Piscopo is hoping to reunite and work with his old friend.
“We had a film we wrote together,” he said. “I would love to do something with him anytime.”
"Coming to America" was released by Paramount nearly 31 years ago and generated $288 million globally, according to Box Office Mojo.