Paramount Pictures has struck a deal with Amazon to be the exclusive home for the belated Coming To America sequel. Initially, the Eddie Murphy led sequel was due to hit cinemas this Christmas, but with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing that's no longer the plan. While the sequel will still be released on December 18, Coming 2 America will debut on Amazon joining a growing list of movies that opted out of their theatrical window entirely.
According to Deadline, the deal is worth a reported $125 million and comes after continued uncertainty when areas like New York and L.A can reopen cinemas. There is also no escaping the fact that next year's release schedule is already looking jam-packed, so finding a suitable window without sitting on the film for a year is an understandble struggle. However, there is something to be said for how another high-profile movie skipping theatrical is going to affect the already battered cinema industry. AMC recently announced they were likely to run out of money before the end of the year. Their UK counterpart Cineworld has been forced to close all of its sites temporarily.
The lukewarm box office for Christopher Nolan's Tenet (at the time of writing $323 million global) has caused studios to rethink the release of their tentpole titles. While Tenet can enjoy many more weeks showing where it's safe for cinemas to open, it's unlikely to breakeven theatrically. Naturally, fellow blockbusters like No Time To Die, Black Widow, and Wonder Woman 1984 have all moved clear of 2020.
Getting things back on track here, Coming 2 America finds Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem Joffer and his faithful friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) return to America to meet Akeem's estranged son. Also starring, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones, Coming 2 America will be released on Amazon Prime Video on December 18.