Intended for theatrical release. The finished film was so bad that the studio decided to cut their losses and sent it straight to video, making it the most expensive straight-to-video film ever at the time of its release.
Whoopi Goldberg made a verbal agreement to star in the film in 1993. When she tried to back out, producer Richard Gilbert Abramson sued her for $20 million. The suit was settled very quickly, when Goldberg agreed to star for $7 million, $2 million more than the original agreement.