Intended for theatrical release. The finished film was so bad that the studio decided to cut their losses and sent it straight to video in the US, making it the most expensive straight-to-video film ever at the time of its release. It was, however, shown theatrically in many countries around the world including Germany, Spain, France, Japan, Portugal, UK and South Africa.
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.