Morgan Creek Entertainment Group

Morgan Creek Entertainment Group
Film studio
Industry Movie studio
Founded 1988 (1988)
Founder James Robinson
Joe Roth
Headquarters Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people
James G. Robinson
(Chairman & CEO)
Brian Robinson
David C. Robinson

Morgan Creek Entertainment Group is an American film studio that has released box-office hits including Young Guns, Dead Ringers, Major League, True Romance, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Crush, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Last of the Mohicans. The studio was co-founded in 1988 by James Robinson and Joe Roth.[1] Robinson leads the company as chairman and CEO. He has two sons, Brian Robinson and David C. Robinson, who run the day-to-day operations. The name of the company comes from Roth's favorite film, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek.[2]

Morgan Creek generally released their films through larger studios while retaining the copyrights, and making autonomous decisions on video and TV rights. Their initial slate of films from 1988 to 1990 were released by 20th Century Fox, except for Renegades and Coupe de Ville which were released by Universal and Major League which was released by Paramount. In 1991, beginning with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, they shifted their distribution of new films, as well as their previous catalog titles, to Warner Bros., where they remained until early 2005. Later that year, beginning with Two for the Money, they would release their newer films through Universal, though previous films were still handled in the U.S. by WB.

In October 2014, Morgan Creek sold the international distribution rights and copyrights to their films to Revolution Studios.[3] In September 2015, Morgan Creek began negotiating the sale of rights for the remaining territories, though they will retain remake and TV rights to the Ace Ventura, Major League, Young Guns, and Exorcist franchises.[4] Miramax is currently the digital and television distributor for the pre-2012 Morgan Creek library, via Revolution Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.[5] The domestic rights to most of the Morgan Creek library (with the exception of Young Guns, which still stand with Lionsgate/Vestron Video), have since been purchased by Westchester Films/Shout! Factory and Sony Pictures.

Reboot plans

In 2017, Morgan Creek announced plans to reboot their classic films from 1980s and 1990s as either television series or movies, following the success of The Exorcist television series reboot. Several films in early stages of development include film series Young Guns, Major League, and Ace Ventura. [6]

List of Morgan Creek films

Release Date Title Director Budget Gross (worldwide) Notes
August 12, 1988Young GunsChristopher Cain$11 million$45,661,556
September 23, 1988Dead RingersDavid Cronenberg$13 million$8,038,508co-production with Telefilm Canada and Mantle Clinic II
March 3, 1989Skin DeepBlake EdwardsN/A$19,674,852
April 7, 1989Major LeagueDavid S. Ward$11 million$49,797,148co-production with Mirage Productions, released in America by Paramount Pictures.
June 2, 1989RenegadesJack SholderN/A$9,015,164co-production with Interscope Communications
December 13, 1989Enemies, a Love StoryPaul MazurskyN/A$7,754,571
February 16, 1990NightbreedClive Barker$11 million$8,862,354
March 9, 1990Coupe de VilleJoe RothN/A$715,983
August 1, 1990Young Guns IIGeoff MurphyN/A$44,143,410
August 17, 1990The Exorcist IIIWilliam Peter Blatty$11 million$26,098,824
September 28, 1990Pacific HeightsJohn Schlesinger$18 million$44,926,706
June 14, 1991Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesKevin Reynolds$48 million$390,493,908The score would become the music for Morgan Creek's animated logo.[7]
January 17, 1992FreejackGeoff Murphy$30 million$17,129,000
April 24, 1992White SandsRoger Donaldson$25 million$9,011,574
August 14, 1992Stay TunedPeter HyamsN/A$10,736,401
September 25, 1992The Last of the MohicansMichael Mann$40 million$75,505,856
April 2, 1993The CrushAlan Shapiro$6 million$13,609,396
September 10, 1993True RomanceTony Scott$13 million$12,281,551co-production with Davis Films and A Band Apart
February 4, 1994Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveTom Shadyac$12 million$107,217,396
March 30, 1994Major League IIDavid S. Ward$25 million$30,626,182
April 22, 1994ChasersDennis Hopper$15 million$1,596,687
September 9, 1994Trial by JuryHeywood GouldN/A$6,971,777
October 14, 1994Imaginary CrimesAnthony DrazanN/A$89,611
October 28, 1994Silent FallBruce Beresford$30 million$3,180,674
December 22, 1995Ace Ventura: When Nature CallsSteve Oedekerk$30 million$212,385,533
January 12, 1996Two If by SeaBill BennettN/A$10,658,278
January 26, 1996Big BullySteve Miner$15 million$2,042,530
March 22, 1996DiaboliqueJeremiah S. Chechik$45 million$17,100,369
November 1, 1996Bad MoonEric Red$7 million$1,055,525
July 2, 1997Wild AmericaWilliam DearN/A$7,324,662
March 13, 1998IncognitoJohn BadhamN/AN/A
April 17, 1998Major League: Back to the MinorsJohn Warren$18 million$3,572,443
August 21, 1998Wrongfully AccusedPat ProftN/A$9,623,329co-production with Constantin Film
October 23, 1998SoldierPaul W.S. Anderson$60 million$14,594,226co-production with Jerry Weintraub Productions
March 19, 1999The King and IRichard Rich$25 million$11,993,021Morgan Creek's first animated film; co-production with Nest Family Entertainment, Rankin/Bass Productions and Rich Animation Studios
September 1, 1999Chill FactorHugh Johnson$70 million$11,263,966
February 18, 2000The Whole Nine YardsJonathan Lynn$41.3 million$106,371,651co-production with Franchise Pictures, Rational Packaging and Lansdown Films
May 12, 2000Battlefield EarthRoger Christian$44 million$29,725,663co-production with Franchise Pictures
July 19, 2000The In CrowdMary Lambert$15 million$5,217,498
August 25, 2000The Art of WarChristian Duguay$60 million$40,400,425co-production with Franchise Pictures and Amen-Ra Films
October 6, 2000Get CarterStephen Kay$63.6 million$19,412,993co-production with Franchise Pictures and The Canton Company
January 19, 2001The PledgeSean Penn$35 million$29,419,291co-production with Franchise Pictures, Clyde Is Hungry Films and Epsilon Motion Pictures
February 23, 20013000 Miles to GracelandDemian Lichtenstein$62 million$18,720,175co-production with Franchise Pictures
May 18, 2001Angel EyesLuis Mandoki$53 million$29,715,606co-production with Franchise Pictures and The Canton Company
August 17, 2001American OutlawsLes Mayfield$35 million$13,342,790
November 9, 2001HeistDavid Mamet$39 million$28,510,652co-production with Franchise Pictures
June 21, 2002Juwanna MannJesse Vaughan$15 million$13,802,599
August 1, 2003I'll Be ThereCraig FergusonN/AN/A
August 20, 2004Exorcist: The BeginningRenny Harlin$80 million$78,000,586
May 20, 2005Dominion: Prequel to the ExorcistPaul Schrader$30 million$251,495
October 7, 2005Two for the MoneyD. J. Caruso$35 million$30,526,509
October 13, 2006Man of the YearBarry Levinson$20 million$41,237,658
December 22, 2006The Good ShepherdRobert De Niro$85 million$99,480,480co-production with TriBeCa Productions and American Zoetrope
May 11, 2007Georgia RuleGarry Marshall$20 million$25,992,167co-production with Mandalay Productions
September 21, 2007Sydney WhiteJoe NussbaumN/A$13,620,075
March 3, 2009Ace Ventura Jr: Pet DetectiveDavid Mickey Evans$7.5 millionN/A
September 30, 2011Dream HouseJim Sheridan$50 million$38,502,340
October 14, 2011The ThingMatthijs van Heijningen Jr.$38 million$27,428,670co-production with Strike Entertainment[8]
June 16, 2017All Eyez on MeBenny Boom$45 million$54,876,855co-production with Program Pictures and Codeblack Films[9][10]

List of Morgan Creek television series


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