idea of a sequel emerged soon after completing the original:
Nikolai score a boxoffice bullseye with audiences, chances are
good he will return to the screen for another assignment. Although
there is no sequel written yet, the filmmakers agree that a second
picture will take the Russian convert to another exotic location.
[...] While Lundgren feels there is room to develop Nikolai,
he anticipates expanding his range of acting roles." in Prevue # 73 vol. 2 n° 33,
reserve for Dolph, the project Red Scorpion II, on which
Zito is working, waiting the star gives his agreement. Red
Scorpion II would be set somewhere else than Africa..."
from Impact (France) Nr.26 April 1990 (translated from
recently, Dolph Lundgren owns the privilege to weight on a film's
orientation and his character's contruction. Without the ex-Punisher
signature, a project can stay a treatment for eventual buyer.
Masters of the Universe, Red Scorpion 2, The
Punisher 2 and even the sequel of Cover Up... The
list of sequels projects on Dolph's agent desk is long."
from Impact, # 30, December 1990 (translated from French)
is the worst career advice you have ever been given?
Red Scorpion 2, perhaps?" [from Premiere (UK),
only the producers (Jack and Robert Abramoff bros. (who aimed
launching Lundgren to stardom after they saw him in Rocky
IV) come from the original team. It ended as Red
Scorpion 2 directed by Michael
Kennedy and starring unknown Matt
McColm. It is a very poor straight action movie that doesn't
deserve to be the sequel of the African Dolph adventure, for
it betrayes it completely.