“She’s your Queen to be!”
No matter who you are or what era you grew up in, you’re bound to recognize those iconic lyrics from legendary comedian Eddie Murphy’s 1988 classic, Coming to America. From the luxurious fashions to the jerry curls, nearly thirty years later, Coming to America still holds a place in our hearts as one of the best in Black cinema. Just to give y’all a bit more perspective, it is widely regarded as the movie that launched Samuel L. Jackson’s career.
When it was released, Coming to America was the third highest-grossing film of the year (HUGE for an all-Black cast film in the 1980’s), and it was even nominated for two Academy Awards. Still, it was a long time ago, and most people assumed that it would remain a relic of the past, one that we could all continue to laugh at and cherish for generations to come. However, last night, Eddie Murphy got on Twitter and shook us to the core.
In the now deleted tweet, he posted a picture of Vanessa Bell Calloway who starred as Imani Izzi in the film, with the caption, “Coming to America sequel?”
— Complex (@Complex) March 16, 2017
Murphy has stayed away from the spotlight in the past decade, so anything original from his Twitter account is already fairly rare, but this tweet nearly broke the internet altogether.
Many people brushed it off as Murphy just trolling us, while other people desperately began coming up with plots and requests for the sequel. Other Coming to America fans decided they wanted no parts of it at all.
Since deleting his tweet, Murphy has deleted his Twitter account altogether. There have also been no whispers about a sequel from Paramount Pictures who backed the first film, nor John Landis who directed it. We realize that we all may be nostalgic for some Soul Glo commercials and a Sexual Chocolate band comeback, but we wouldn’t hold our breaths for a sequel.
However, because next year marks the 30th anniversary of the film’s debut, we might get lucky and get some reunions and retrospectives. How do y’all feel about a sequel to Coming to America?