Debut produced screenplay of a theatrical feature film for TV writer Allan Burns though the film of Burns script for A Little Romance (1979) was actually released first. Orginally, producer Steven Bach said of Burns being hired for this Butch & Sundance prequel: "The studio didn't want him. In their eyes, he was a TV writer. We said its him or no picture. They read the script on a Friday and by Monday they were offering him everything under the sun!".