According to director David Ayer, Sabotage was heavily cut by the studio in favor of delivering more of an action based film rather than a mystery thriller. The original cut of Sabotage was rumored to be close to 3 hours.

The Beastie Boys, Mike D and Adam Horovitz, turned down a request to use their 1994 song "Sabotage" in promos for the film. In his will, Adam Yauch prohibited the use of his music in advertisements.

Arnold Schwarzenegger greatly disliked the haircut he had to wear for this film.

In the minute 43 till 45 you see a poster of Rambo in the background, but with the head of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The plot was loosely based on Agatha Christie's classic novel "And Then There Were None".

In the scene where Breacher is typing in statistics at his desk, the pictures of his family above his computer, are actual pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger's family. Pictures of Patrick Schwarzenegger are visible.

Kate Mara and Isla Fisher auditioned for the role that went to Malin Akerman. Later Akerman dropped out due to pregnancy and was replaced by Mireille Enos.

A subplot involving Brentwood trying to nail an abusive father who has killed his young daughter was cut from the final film, but it is briefly mentioned in the scene when Brentwood and Breacher talk on the way to Tripod's house. This storyline was cut to speed up the pace of the film and concentrate on the action.

Although screenwriter Skip Woods is credited with screen writing along side David Ayer, very little of his original script was used for the film. Just the central plot idea of a group of cops being picked off one by one.

Following its dismal showing at the US Box Office, Australian distributors withdrew the movie from its scheduled 1 May 2014 cinema release and instead released the movie straight to DVD on 31 July 2014.

Sam Worthington and Arnold Schwarzenegger have both had roles in Terminator movies as terminators.

If you look closely, the DVD the Stakeout Agent gives back to Breacher is a Netflix copy of "Training Day". Sabatoge's director, David Ayer, wrote the screenplay for Training Day.

The tattoo on Grinders (Joe Manganiello) shoulder is from the cartoon, "Terminal Lance". It depicts an eagle holding a skull with Marine emblems for eyes and a grim reaper carrying a M240B medium machine gun with baby Jesus hanging beneath it.

Harold Perrineau, who plays Det. Jackson starred on the TV Show Lost with Josh Holloway who plays Eddie "Neck" Jordan in this movie. Neither actor has direct scenes with the other.

Both David Ayer and Joe Manganiello have worked in the DC Extended Universe. Ayer directed Suicide Squad (2016) and Manganiello portrays Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in The Batman.

Lizzie suffers from Delirium.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington both appeared in the Terminator franchise, although they did not appear together in Terminator Salvation (2009).

Detective Brentwood's radio identifier is 21-50. This is the famous radio identifier used by Broderick Crawford in Highway Patrol (1955).

The theme in which certain law enforcement members suspected of being corrupt who are slain one by one, possibly by one of their own was previously featured in the 1992 Motion Picture; To Protect and Serve.

The film had originally a completely different ending. In that ending, Caroline and Breacher apprehend Lizzy, who confesses. Breacher shoots Lizzy before she can reveal more and Caroline becomes aware that Breacher is behind the killings. Breacher slips away undetected. Caroline and her partner Jackson then head to the lake to retrieve the money. Breacher shows up, stabs Jackson and begins fighting Caroline in the water. David Ayer filmed two alternate versions of this ending. In the first one, Caroline escapes and Breacher is confronted by two police cars when he tries to leave with the money. Breacher kill the cops and prepares to flee in one of the cars. Then Caroline appears and asks him why he killed his team. He tells her that they wouldn't let him kill his family's killer, who he knew he could get. She then shoots him when he tries to go for his gun. In the second version, when Caroline asks, Breacher tells Caroline that a member of his team betrayed him and one of them was responsible for selling his family to the cartel for money. He didn't know which one, so he took them all out. He shoots Caroline when she tries to apprehend him, and then leaves with the money. Both versions were rejected by the producers, who forced Ayer to create a new ending which showed Arnold Schwarzenegger's character as an antihero instead of as a villain.

The film could have ended with a dying Lizzie confessing to Breacher and Caroline that she was responsible for the kidnap, torture and murders of Breacher's family and that she sold him out to Bruio.