Finishing the Game draws on experiences from both childhood and Lin's recent career moves, he says. "When I was 10 years old, we had no concept of what a body double was, and we were totally confused. So I was always very intrigued how that guy got the job. I thought it'd be fun to try a movie like this, but with the theme of denial, which seems to be so prevalent in our society—especially in the film industry."
Perhaps not surprisingly, when he pitched the idea to the big studios, they wanted to make it into a kung-fu movie.