* ExecutiveMeddling: The film was originally intended to open close to Halloween but Universal insisted on opening in July (against Peter Jackson's wishes) as they didn't have anything opening that month. The choice of date (combined with the Olympics that year) was considered by Jackson the main reason why the film flopped at the box office.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The movie was originally going to be a ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' feature, but producers thought the script was strong enough to stand on its own.
** A whole character, the gatekeeper, was deleted from the movie. He was supposed to be a 6 foot cherub and function as a sidekick to R. Lee Ermey, but all remnants of him was removed completely from the movie, when it was realised that his character, besides being superfluous, didn't really make a lick of sense, within the universe of the movie.
** There were a few different ideas for Reaper's special effects. They considered doing things like using a puppet or putting a person in a cloak and filming them at a different speed, but couldn't get a satisfying result, so they just went with CGI. [[TropesAreTools The CGI does help to make the Reaper seem much more alien and frightening.]]