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The movie was yanked from its original release date due to mass shootings then rescheduled for March 13th, 2020 to then be affected drastically at the box office by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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Due to the closure of movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal announced that the movie will be available to rent from Friday 20th March 2020 with 48-hour viewing windows for $19.99. This comes merely one week after hitting theater screens after being pulled from its previous release.
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Some have noted similarities to "The Most Dangerous Game", the famous 1924 short story by Richard Connell. Other films with similar premises include: The Most Dangerous Game (1932), Hard Target (1993), Surviving the Game (1994), The Pest (1997), and The Eliminator (2004).
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The film's release was postponed August 10 following two mass-shootings in the United States.
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It was believed the film was originally going to be called "Red State vs Blue State," but was later denied by Universal, claiming it was never a working title anytime during production.
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With the coronavirus ultimately affecting its box office, Universal Pictures decided to release the film on premium on demand services only a week after its theatrical release.
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The soundtrack of the opening sequence of the Universal logo is titled Symphony No. 6 in a minor.
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Shares many similarities with the Brazilian film Bacurau (2019), which won the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for the Palme d'Or and the Queer Palm.
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The final fight between Crystal and Athena was described by screenwriters Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof simply as "John Wick in a Nancy Meyers movie."
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BODY COUNT: 22 (Randy, Yoga Pants, Bandana Man, BigGameKen, Dead Sexy, Target, Big Red, Staten Island, Vanilla Nice, Pa, Ma, Crisis Mike, Fauxnvoy, Gary, Richard, Martin, The Doctor, Peter, Liberty, Don, Sgt. Dale, Athena Stone). *23, if you count poor Orwell*
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