Any filmmaker would have to be a brave one to opt into tackling a sequel to Coming to America. Long hailed as an unimpeachable comedy classic, as well as a career highlight for Eddie Murphy, the risks are huge. Especially now, so long after the first one, Coming 2 America could have seemed like a shameless cash grab. However, Craig Brewer is nothing if not a brave soul. Having already waded into the world of remakes, along with having worked with Murphy before, he’s type of storyteller you want in the director’s chair for this. Beyond just being a talented filmmaker, having that prior relationship with Murphy set him up for success here. A few weeks ago, Brewer and I hopped on Zoom to chat about it all.
Below, you can see my conversation with Craig Brewer. We talked about the movie plenty, though actually begun with him complimenting me on my Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back shirt. Of course, a little Kevin Smith chatter ensued. Brewer is a lovely man, so this was a pleasure. Plus, coming a year after Dolemite is My Name, getting to hear about his adventures with Murphy is someone no one would ever pass up. The film comes out on Prime Video this Friday, giving you plenty of time to revisit the first flick in preparation. Look for my review of the sequel tomorrow afternoon. Also, if you haven’t done so already, check out my interview here with Coming 2 America co-star Tracy Morgan. It’s a fun one…
Here now is my interview with Coming 2 America director Craig Brewer. Enjoy:
Coming 2 America is available to watch this weekend on Prime Video!