The first draft of the script by Deborah Dean Davis was never read by director Andy Tennant. The second writer Jeff Schechter's draft made this a "go" picture with Rysher Entertainment. Tennant was hired, and offered help for the picture's problems. He and his writing partner Rick Parks rewrote Schecter's draft. Tennant and Parks were rewritten by the producers Cruickshank. The studio preferred Tennant and Parks' draft with notes, so Tennant and Parks took another pass. The WGAW ruled against any other writer's credits due to biased by-laws which disallowed writers/directors with partners from receiving credits on features unless in extreme circumstances. None of Davis' dialogue was used.
When Amanda is first mistaken for her twin sister at the Callaway house, she refers to Vincenzo as "Lurch." This is a reference to The Addams Family (1964) with Lurch being the name of the tall, scary butler.