Production was disrupted on August 3, 2010 when it was reported that Nicolas Cage had abandoned the project as he had allegedly insisted on switching roles from Kidman's husband to the kidnapper. The role was then offered to Liev Schreiber. However, the following day Cage resumed his role as the husband.
Andrzej Bartkowiak's first film as a cinematographer since Thirteen Days (2000). Before shooting that film, he directed his first film, Romeo Must Die (2000), and subsequently decided to become a director full-time, directing four more films. He was convinced to return to cinematography by director Joel Schumacher, with whom he'd worked on Falling Down (1993).