Veteran parachutist Keith Perepelkin died after his main chute failed during a stunt where he jumped from a helicopter onto " Squamish Chief" in British Columbia, Canada. The stunt was performed in violation of the Canadian filming permit.
The film was originally set up at the now defunct Savoy Pictures. When Savoy had the project, the film was going to be more epic in scale, with comprehensive visual and computer effects. Savoy even offered Sylvester Stallone $20 million to star, which he accepted. However, the studio went bust before the film was made. Twentieth Century Fox picked up the script from "turnaround" and fashioned it into a more intimate, smaller budgeted movie as they were looking to only spend $30 million dollars on the picture.