Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming 2 America’ Moves From Paramount to Amazon Studios
The long-anticipated sequel to the Eddie Murphy classic is in the process of being sold by distributor Paramount Pictures to Amazon Studios, in a deal worth roughly $125 million, insiders said. The expected streaming premiere date is December 18, sources added.
Final details are being hammered out, sources said, including two complex consumer marketing tie-ins with McDonalds and whiskey brand Crown Royal, which are expected to transfer over to Amazon Studios with the film. Murphy, who produced, as well as stars in the film, has to give his blessing.
消息人士称，最终细节正在敲定，包括与麦当劳(McDonalds)和威士忌品牌皇冠皇家(Crown Royal)的两个复杂的消费者营销捆绑，预计这两个品牌将随电影转移到亚马逊工作室(Amazon Studios)。墨菲是这部电影的制片人，也是电影中的明星，他必须给出他的祝福。
The sale is said to be a priority for Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke, who has been on the hunt for more commercial fare with the recent acquisition of the sequel to “Borat,” and another Paramount acquisition in the Tom Clancy adaptation “Without Remorse” starring Michael B. Jordan. the studio also picked up Regina King’s One Night in Miami,” which is expected to be an Oscar contender.
据说，这笔交易是亚马逊制片厂首席执行官詹妮弗·索尔克(Jennifer Salke)的优先事项，她最近收购了“波拉特”(Borat)的续集，并在迈克尔·B·乔丹(Michael B.Jordan)主演的汤姆·克兰西(Tom Clancy)改编的“无怨无悔”中又一次收购了派拉蒙，她一直在寻找更多的商业票房。制片厂还拿到了雷吉娜·金(Regina King)的“迈阿密一夜”(One Night In Miami)，该片有望成为奥斯卡的竞争者。
In light of ongoing movie theater closures and countless blockbusters changing release dates, Paramount had been exploring numerous options in recent weeks for the tentative Christmas Day release of “Coming 2 America” — including selling the rights in-house at owner Viacom’s streamer CBS All Access, sources said. Other streaming services also looked that the film.
消息人士称，鉴于电影院仍在关闭，无数大片改变了上映日期，派拉蒙最近几周一直在探索圣诞节试探性发行《Coming 2 America》的众多选择-包括出售所有者维亚康姆(Viacom)流媒体CBS All Access的内部版权。其他流媒体服务也在观看这部电影。
The project is one of several that Paramount has sold this year to streamers, including Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of the Chicago 7” and the action comedy “Lovebirds,” both of which went to Netflix. The studio sold “Without Remorse” to Amazon.
这个项目是派拉蒙今年卖给流媒体的几个项目之一，包括亚伦·索尔金(Aaron Sorkin)的“芝加哥7号审判”(Trial Of The Chicago 7)和动作喜剧“爱情小鸟”(Lovebird)，这两部电影都被Netflix收购了。制片厂“毫无悔意”地卖给了亚马逊。
The first “Coming to America” was directed by John Landis in 1988, and saw Murphy as the charming African prince Akeem, who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos co-starred. The film grossed nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.
In the sequel, Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional country of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America — a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. To honor the former king’s dying wish to groom his grandson as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America. Murphy, Hall and Jones are reprising their roles. The film stars Jermaine Fowler and supporting cast includes Tracy Morgan, Leslie Jones, Arsenio Hall and Wesley Snipes.
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