Kenya Barris also wrote and produced the latest Shaft film, which will hit theaters this summer and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, and Richard Roundtree.
The original film also starred James Earl Jones, John Amos, Shari Headley, and Arsenio Hall and racked up a global total of nearly $300 million at the box office. The California Film Commission awarded Paramount a $13 million tax credit last April for "Coming to America 2" but that was conditioned on production launching within 180 days.
The original movie saw Murphy play Prince Akeem, the good-natured but pampered royal of Zamunda, who flees an arranged marriage and arrives in NY with his best friend, Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall.
Black-ish's Kenya Barris will rewrite a script by Coming to America original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Although the original director, Jonthan Levine, is no longer directing, it was later confirmed that Craig Brewer would be directing the film in instead. No other project has been announced for that date yet.
The plot follows Akeem as he learns about a long-lost son in America, so he returns to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.
Murphy will next star in "Dolemite Is My Name" which is now in post-production.