According to director David Ayer, Sabotage was heavily cut by the studio in favor of delivering more of an action based film rather than a mystery thriller. The original cut of Sabotage was rumored to be close to 3 hours.
In the scene where Breacher is typing in statistics at his desk, the pictures of his family above his computer, are actual pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger's family. Pictures of Patrick Schwarzenegger are visible.
A subplot involving Brentwood trying to nail an abusive father who has killed his young daughter was cut from the final film, but it is briefly mentioned in the scene when Brentwood and Breacher talk on the way to Tripod's house. This storyline was cut to speed up the pace of the film and concentrate on the action.
Following its dismal showing at the US Box Office, Australian distributors withdrew the movie from its scheduled 1 May 2014 cinema release and instead released the movie straight to DVD on 31 July 2014.
Although screenwriter Skip Woods is credited with screen writing along side David Ayer, very little of his original script was used for the film. Just the central plot idea of a group of cops being picked off one by one.
The tattoo on Grinders (Joe Manganiello) shoulder is from the cartoon, "Terminal Lance". It depicts an eagle holding a skull with Marine emblems for eyes and a grim reaper carrying a M240B medium machine gun with baby Jesus hanging beneath it.
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The film had originally a completely different ending. In that ending Caroline and Breacher apprehend Lizzy, who confesses. Breacher shoots Lizzy before she can reveal more and Caroline becomes aware that Breacher is behind the killings. Breacher slips away undetected. Caroline and his partner Jackson then head to the lake to retrieve the money. Breacher shows up, stabs Jackson and begins fighting Caroline in the water. David Ayer filmed two alternate versions of this ending. In the first one Caroline escapes and Breacher is confronted by two police cars when he tries to leave with the money. Breacher kill the cops and prepares to flee in one of the cars. Then Caroline appears and asks him why he killed his team. He tells her that they wouldn't let him and kill his family's killer, who he knew he could get. She then shoots him when he tries to go for his gun. In the second version, when Caroline asks, Breacher tells Caroline that a member of his team betrayed him and one of them was responsible for selling his family to the cartel for money. He didn't know which one, so he took them all out. He shoots Caroline when she tries to apprehend him, and then leaves with the money. Both versions were rejected by the producers, who forced Ayer to create a new ending which showed Arnold Schwarzenegger's character as an antihero instead as a villain.