The film was distributed by cutting out studios, in order to have creative control and make money directly from the film itself. Accordingly, for this atypical distribution, Steven Soderbergh raised the budget by selling off foreign distribution rights, and then sold everything except the movie showing up in a movie theater in order to pay for advertising and prints of the movie (for example, selling post-theatrical rights to the likes of HBO, Netflix, Video-On-Demand, television, and airplanes). By following these two steps, Soderbergh was able to sidestep a Hollywood studio, and had creative control the entire time (for instance, the trailers that dropped earlier this summer were by his design, as was the poster and the entire marketing plan). Also, according to Soderbergh, under this set-up, the box-office bar for success is lower. With nearly everything prepaid, and no hefty distributor fees coming off the top, even a modest fifteen million dollar opening would be a win.
Several NASCAR drivers have cameos in Logan Lucky. Ryan Blaney as the Cake Delivery Boy and Kyle Larson as the Limo Driver. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch as West Virginia State Troopers. Brad Keselowski and Joey Lagano as the Security Guards. As well as Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip.
Riley Keough previously starred in the first season of The Girlfriend Experience, an anthology series on Starz based on the film of the same name, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, the director of Logan Lucky.
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When the heist is being reported by a news station on various televisions in the film, one interviewee refers to the heist as "Ocean's Seven-Eleven" in reference to the Ocean's film franchise, three of which were directed by Steven Soderbergh.
The ending of the movie hints at Clyde's (Adam Driver's) theory of the "Logan Curse". Earlier in the film, when Jimmy (Channing Tatum) is listening to Clyde's theory in the bar, Clyde claims that the Logans' bad luck comes right when things are going well. The same way how Jimmy blew his knee when he was the quarterback King in High School, and how Clyde's arm got blown off in Iraq on the way to the airport to go home. Agent Grayson's (Hilary Swank) appearance at the bar, suggesting that she'll stay for awhile, as she flirts with Clyde, and the final shot of Clyde's arm holding a beer all hint the famous Logan Curse.
Clyde's arm was blown off during his deployment in Iraq. In real-life, Adam Driver was a Marine before becoming an actor. He was supposed to deploy to Iraq, but he broke his sternum before deployment, and was medically discharged.
When Max Chilblain's (Seth MacFarlane's) car is set on fire after the bar fight at the Duck Tape, he and his two cohorts pull out their phones. MacFarlane has his phone to his ear, with his other hand over his other ear. His two cohorts phones are blocking their mouth and eyes, respectively. This is a visual cue to the popular "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil".
Clyde (Adam Driver) kicks Joe (Daniel Craig) down a garbage chute, then jumps down after him. Driver and Craig appeared in the Star Wars saga, in which Driver's father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), does the same to Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).