Trivia / The Hitcher

  • Disowned Adaptation: Eric Red both requested a writing credit on the remake (because it was so similar to his original), and disavowed it (because he thought it was much worse).
    "Give the credit where it's due. But I disown the picture."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original script ran the film equivalent of three hours, had more of a Film Noir vibe and was filled with Gorn. Moments that ended up not being filmed include: Ryder slaughtering an entire family, an eyeball appearing in a hamburger (this was replaced in a finger in a plate of French fries), a graphic sex scene between 'Gal' Galveston (the girl before Nash) and Jim, and a character being decapitated. The film underwent several rewrites which removed the gorier moments.
    • Fox was to have distributed the film before TriStar Pictures took over.
    • Ryder was written with Keith Richards in mind. The director's personal choice for Ryder was Terence Stamp while Sam Elliott had the best audition and almost got the part (a salary dispute led him not to be cast). David Bowie and Sting were also considered.