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The print viewed contained illegible credits for the names of the film's camera operator and sound editor. All the reviews list assistant director Julio Sempere as Julio Sempere Parrondo. A December 1968 Hollywood Reporter news item indicated that Peter O'Toole had been signed to star in Figures in a Landscape, which would be directed by Peter Medak. The article also listed Stanley Mann as the writer of the screenplay, which was to be based on the Barry England novel. Producer John Kohn had purchased the screen rights in August 1967, prior to the book's publication.
In a September 1969 Los Angeles Times article on the hardships encountered by cast and crew during the film's production, director Joseph Losey stated that he was brought on to the project because the producers wanted a director with more experience. Losey added that he found the book uninteresting and overrated. Robert Shaw, who also starred as "MacConnachie," had taken over writing the screenplay, which Losey revealed was being written concurrent with filming. In addition to acting in theater and film, Shaw was a novelist and playwright.
According to Filmfacts, although Figures in a Landscape had its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in July 1970, it remained unreleased in North America until after Losey's 1971 production, The Go-Between (see below). Figures in a Landscape was filmed in Granada, Malaga and the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain.