Initially, Activision Santa Monica was the developer of the game, but their vision of the game was too ambitious for the Playstation hardware. As a result, Neversoft was brought in, streamlined the game play to be a simple run-and-gun shooter, and changed the concept so that you played as Bruce Willis (originally, Willis was the character's sidekick).

Bruce Willis is not the only famous person in the game. The protagonist's possessed rock singer wife is played by Poe, American rock singer whose song is featured in the game and her character even performs it within the game itself at one point.