Star-Derailing Role: Jason Patric's career as a leading man was effectively ended by this film, with all his subsequent roles either being supporting ones, on TV or in low-budget films. Sandra Bullock was also sent into a brief career slump, but was able to pull herself out of it a few years later with Miss Congeniality.
The script of the film was originally written for a third Die Hard film.
Keanu Reeves turned down the movie to tour with his band Dogstar. He was exhausted from filming Chain Reaction and was still financially secure from the first Speed film, so he declined to return when he didn't like the script. The press mocked him at the time, but quickly took those comments back when the movie actually came out.
The film was written with the expectation that Keanu Reeves would reprise Jack Traven. They were forced to substitute him with Jason Patric after Reeves declined to return. Given how the film ended up being a massive critical and commercial failure, and how it set back Bullock and Patric's careers, most agreed that Reeves dodged one bullet before went on to dodge many.