According to director Brian Dannelly, before production, several fundamentalists working on the film quit. A church, a Christian rock band and the homeowner whose house was to be used for important scenes pulled out of productions because of objections over the film's unflattering content.
'Saved!' was reworked into a stage musical (with the same title, minus the exclamation point), which premiered for a limited run in 2008 in New York City, to mixed reviews. Music was by Michael Friedman and book and lyrics by John Dempsey and Rinne Groff.
In January 2009, the medical journal 'Pediatrics' published a study showing that gay teens who face a high level of familial rejection (as the character Dean did) are several times more likely to engage in various risky behaviors, including unprotected sexual intercourse with the opposite sex, often to try to "prove" to themselves or others that they are not really gay.
The producers went through normal channels to try to obtain the rights to include a piece of the title song from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), but all their requests were denied. Finally, a friend gave them Tim Rice's personal phone number, and after seeing and loving the movie, Rice agreed to grant them the right to use the song.
As Pastor Skip enters the school library to talk to Hilary Faye and the Christian Jewels about Mary, there is a READ poster featuring R.E.M. visible over his shoulder. Michael Stipe is the lead singer of R.E.M. and also co-produced the film.
The film is set in Baltimore County, Maryland, just north of Baltimore City, as evidenced by Hilary Faye's Maryland license plate and the "Baltimore County Bus Company" public transportation that Mary takes to and from the clinic.