On Wednesday night, actor Eddie Murphy’s verified Twitter account was seemingly hacked with the cryptic tweet ‘Coming to America sequel?’ posted alongside a photo of the character Princess Imani from the 1988 comedy classic. Both the tweet and the entire Twitter account were quickly deactivated.
Today, TMZ reports that while Murphy didn’t authorize his social media team to post that tweet, he is actually working on the script for “Coming to America 2” and that there were plans in place to post a similar tweet – it just wasn’t supposed to happen yet.
Though it remains unclear who sent that tweet, the outlet’s sources claim that the actor is in the early stages of writing the sequel. They also got in touch with actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, who played Imani in the film, and she said she’d love to return:
“I’m wondering if Eddie was hacked, though, wasn’t there some big thing about Twitter being hacked? Because you know, Eddie’s a very private person as we know, he’s a very kind man, but he’s very private and I really think that maybe it could’ve gotten hacked and that’s why it’s down because it’s not true, unfortunately. I mean, that’s something I thought. I don’t know for a fact, I haven’t talked to Eddie in years but I hope it is true. I hope I’m wrong. It would be a perfect sequel.”
Murphy received story credits on several of his films including “Coming to America” along with “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Boomerang,” “Vampire in Brooklyn” and “Norbit”.
In the original, Murphy’s Prince Akeem was heir to the throne of the fictional African country of Zumunda. Akeem’s father (James Earl Jones) has arranged for his son to marry Princess Imani (Vanessa Bell Calloway), who is completely subservient to her Prince.
Akeem decides to take a trip to America, telling his father he wants to “sow his royal oats,” but he is really searching for the woman he wants to marry. Arsenio Hall, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley, Paul Bates, Eriq La Salle and Frankie Faison also starred in the original which earned $128.1 million domestically, the third highest domestic grosser of 1988 behind only “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” ($156.4M) and “Rain Man” ($172.8M).