Randy Orton was originally cast in the lead role. But controversy arose due to Orton's real-life bad conduct discharge from the Marines. WWE released a statement that it was inappropriate to cast Orton due to his poor military record. Orton had previously been considered for the lead role in The Marine 2 (2009).

The boat Pope's team are based in, is the Queen of Sydney, a decommissioned BC Ferries ferry. It is located in Mission, British Columbia.

Jeff Celentano was considered to direct at one point.