Oscar Issac and Sonoya Mizuno previously starred together in Ex Machina, written and directed by Alex Garland.
In 2014, Paramount Pictures acquired rights to the novel with writer-director Alex Garland set to adapt the script and direct the film in May 2015. Natalie Portman entered into talks to star in the film. In November 2015, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez was in talks to co-star in the film with Portman. In March 2016, it was announced that Oscar Isaac would be joining the cast of the film.
This will be the second collaboration between Alex Garland and Oscar Isaac after Ex Machina (2014).
Both Oscar Isaac and Natalie Portman have starred in a Star Wars movie. Isaac is in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and Portman was in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
First R rated film between Paramount Pictures and Skydance, and the second Skydance film overall to receive that rating.