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).
Both Nicole Kidman and Ben Mendelsohn have appeared in Batman films: Kidman in ''Batman Forever (1995)'' and Mendelsohn in ''The Dark Knight Rises (2012)''. Joel Schumacher is a lifelong Batman fan and had previously directed Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
Actor Ben Mendelsohn, Actress Nicole Kidman, & Director Joel Schumacher all have ties to live action Batman films. Ben Mendelsohn acted in The Dark Knight Rises. Nicole Kidman acted in Batman Forever. Joel Schumacher directed both Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.