Following the success of Coming 2 America’s release on Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Studios has closed a three-picture and first-look film deal with Academy Award-nominee and Emmy winner Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls, Beverly Hills Cop, SNL).
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Under the pact, Murphy will star in three films for Amazon Studios and develop original film projects for Prime Video and Studios with the potential to star.
“Eddie is a legend both in front of and behind the camera,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “With undeniable comedic and dramatic genius, he consistently delivers entertaining, original stories and characters to audiences around the world. We could not be more excited to help carry on the tradition and to officially welcome Eddie into the Amazon family.”
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Following Coming 2 America’s March 5 release on Prime Video, the comedy was the #1 streamed movie of the weekend, with the #1 opening weekend of any other streaming movie in 2021 to date, and #1 opening weekend of any streaming movie in the past 12 months (post-COVID theater closures), per third party Screen Engine/ASI’s weekly PostVODTM ranking. The film also topped Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings among all streamed SVOD content.
Murphy’s upcoming projects include Kenya Barris’ currently untitled Netflix comedy feature starring alongside Jonah Hill.