The screenplay is an old project of the same Sylvester Stallone, written many years before, never realized, and then abandoned to the age of the actor, but brought back into fashion thanks to Jason Statham.
Winona Ryder said she accepted the part as it allowed her to explore something new: "What's creepy is that she's sober and she's running this drug operation with James Franco's character, and to me it's the epitome of evil, in a weird way. If it's possible to be a victim and be diabolical at the same time, I had never explored that. There was also a slightly campy, arm-candy element to her that appealed to me. She's such a complete chich. She's what you think of when you hear the words 'biker chick'".