Director Ryan Coogler made a splash in Hollywood with his first feature film, Fruitvale Station. rave reviews. The film, which stars Michael B. Jordan, caught the eye of Coogler with Sly Stallone, who worked with Coogler and Jordan on the 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed, which continues the legacy of one of the greatest film franchises. Coogler’s next film, still the third of his career, was an even bigger leap, catapulting him into the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe with Black Panther, a film that once again starred Michael B. Jordan.
But despite all the franchise Coogler was a part of, he almost made another one, coming close to watching Eddie Murphy’s legacy sequel Coming to America 2. According to Murphy in interview with the New York Times, it was Coogler who suggested the concept of a new story in the series to him. Although Murphy was a talented young director on the rise, he wasn’t convinced by the story he had in mind because, of course, Coogler wanted to cast his friend Michael B. Jordan in the lead role.
“[Coogler] I had the idea that Michael B. Jordan would play my son and he would be looking for a wife,” says Murphy. “I thought that then the film would be about the son, these are not our characters, we have already done it.” Eventually Hustle and Flow director Craig Brewer took over and Murphy and most of the original cast returned to their roles.