Every summer since 2011 there has been a party at the motel where the film was made in Hillsboro, Texas. Initially it was concocted by the group Reservoir Geeks to help "save" the motel from closure after the economic downturn. The event helped to stimulate interest and support for the motel and every year since been called the Lovely Soiree at the Bottle Rocket Motel.
James L. Brooks insisted that major work be done on the script so he had Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson flown to Los Angeles and set up in an office on $100 a day. Wilson tried to exchange his plane ticket for a bus ticket, hoping to pocket the cash instead.
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson made a 13 minute B/W short film called Bottle Rocket (1994) which was first shown at the USA Film Festival in Dallas. It met with a sufficiently enthusiastic response that they took it to Sundance where it came to the attention of screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson who directed it to towards Polly Platt and James L. Brooks. It was with their intervention that the team were able to get financial backing from Columbia to expand their short into a feature film.
'Bottle Rocket' was released in Spain only with 2 copies in Madrid (Ideal) and Barcelona (Arkadín). The film was projected 7 days and only in subtitled version, and was seen by 432 viewers. Later, was edited on DVD.