In a November 2011 interview with "Rolling Stone", Eddie Murphy stated that he made this movie for one reason: Paramount agreed to release The Nutty Professor (1996)'s rights in exchange for finishing his deal with the studio. Murphy also said that the wig his character wore was so awful it immediately made people despise the film.
During the opening narration, Maximilian indirectly references the character of Dracula when he talks about how the Nosferatu were originally from Egypt but were expelled thousands of years ago. Many of the vampires relocated to the Carpathian Mountains in eastern Europe. It doubles as somewhat of a "take that!" when he smugly mentions that "others of better taste--including myself--settled in a part of the Caribbean known as The Bermuda Triangle." Dracula lived in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania.