Director Albert Pyun was briefly approached when the project was then called 'The Corsican Brothers' in the late 1980's. He said on his Facebook page in 2012: "The last time I've spoken with JCVD was on the roof of a building across the street from Cannon on Wilshire. JCVD wanted to talk in private and he told me the story he wanted to do for his next film called "Corsican Brother" which became Double Impact I believe. JCVD asked if I would want to direct it for him. The whole idea of TWO JCVD's seemed a bit far fetched and I did not commit either way but told him I had reservations about how the twins idea would work. I told him I thought he should keep moving in the direction of a pure action star and leave the gimmick movies behind. Haven't seen or talked to him since directly."
Director Sheldon Lettich and martial artist Frank Dux both claim that Dux worked on the movie as a fight choreographer but left the production before filming was finished. Lettich recalls that Dux was having problems getting along with others on the set, whereas Dux claims that he was being expected to work more than he had agreed to by editing and re-writing the script on a daily basis.