Sir Derek Jacobi replaced Sir John Hurt, who had to drop out because he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

An excerpt from the novel "The History of Love" (2005) by Nicole Krauss was first published in The New Yorker in 2004 under the title "The Last Words on Earth". Then the rights to the novel were bought by Warner Brothers before the official publication date on May 2, 2005 because Alfonso Cuarón considered directing a movie adaptation.

The acclaimed novel "The History of Love" (2005) by Nicole Krauss was published in thirty-eight countries and sold over one million units in the U.S. alone. (2017)