At one point, funding for the film was pulled, leaving the cast and crew stuck in Johannesburg for three months while they waited for the film's budget to be reclaimed. The film was shot in Namibia, which was then ruled by South Africa, thereby breaking an international boycott against the country for its practice of apartheid. Warner Bros., who had a negative pick up deal, pulled out from distribution.
Allegedly financed by the South African Defence Force through the International Freedom Foundation, a right-wing political thinktank which it funded. _Red Scorpion (1989)_ co-writer/producer Jack Abramoff helped to run the foundation.