This was the first post-Alan Smithee film. For many years, a director who for whatever reason wished not to be credited for a movie would have his name replaced with the name "Alan Smithee". After the film An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), the name was too well known, and so the Director's Guild of America decided to replace the name "Alan Smithee" with the name "Thomas Lee".
Apparently, the zero gravity sex scene between Angela Bassett and James Spader was put together using out-takes of scenes featuring Robin Tunney and Peter Facinelli, and with Tunney's skin color being digitally darkened.
Reportedly, this was shelved for some time by the studio, and upon its release it was reported that the studio, extremely unhappy with Walter Hill's completed product, called in Francis Ford Coppola to "re-edit" the film.
Originally developed in 1988 by director William Malone (House on Haunted Hill (1999)) as "Dead Star" with paintings by H.R. Giger and a plot that had been called "Hellraiser (1987) in outer space".
Was initially to be directed by Geoffrey Wright, but he quit the film over a script dispute five weeks before principal photography was due to commence.