Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America 2’ sold to Amazon Studios for $125M

Eddie Murphy’s sequel to the 1988 classic “Coming to America” is headed to Amazon Studios in a deal that will set up the anticipated release for a streaming premiere amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to Variety, “Coming to America 2” was sold by its distributor Paramount Pictures to the streaming giant in a deal reportedly worth about $125 million. In its new home, the comedy is slated for a Dec. 18 streaming premiere date, and in-film marketing placements with McDonald’s and whiskey brand Crown Royal are expected to carry over with the project as well, the publication said on Tuesday.

Paramount originally penciled in a Christmas Day release of “Coming to America 2,” but uncertainty as to when movie theaters can or will return back a semblance of normality has caused the studio and distributor to sell off various titles, including Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of the Chicago 7” and the action-comedy “Lovebirds” to Netflix, while its title “Without Remorse” was sold off to Amazon.

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