Eddie Murphy said the sequel came about after attempts to turn the first film into a play fell through, followed by a pitch meeting he had with Ryan Coogler. Murphy said that although he didn't like Coogler's idea for a sequel, it got him thinking about developing his own storyline for a sequel.
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This sequel will arrive thirty three years after the release of the original film. It was originally scheduled for release in August 2020 until the Coronavirus pandemic led to Paramount Pictures selling the worldwide rights to Amazon Studios.
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General Izzi had previously appeared in Coming to America (1988) with the rank of colonel, played by Calvin Lockhart.
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Jonathan Levine was originally attached to direct the film.
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