Morgan Creek Entertainment Group
Logo of Morgan Creek Entertainment Group
|Headquarters||Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States|
James G. Robinson|
(Chairman & CEO)
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. 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.
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. 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. Miramax is currently the digital and television distributor for the pre-2012 Morgan Creek library, via Revolution Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television. 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.
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.
List of Morgan Creek films
|Release Date||Title||Director||Budget||Gross (worldwide)||Notes|
|August 12, 1988||Young Guns||Christopher Cain||$11 million||$45,661,556|
|September 23, 1988||Dead Ringers||David Cronenberg||$13 million||$8,038,508||co-production with Telefilm Canada and Mantle Clinic II|
|March 3, 1989||Skin Deep||Blake Edwards||N/A||$19,674,852|
|April 7, 1989||Major League||David S. Ward||$11 million||$49,797,148||co-production with Mirage Productions, released in America by Paramount Pictures.|
|June 2, 1989||Renegades||Jack Sholder||N/A||$9,015,164||co-production with Interscope Communications|
|December 13, 1989||Enemies, a Love Story||Paul Mazursky||N/A||$7,754,571|
|February 16, 1990||Nightbreed||Clive Barker||$11 million||$8,862,354|
|March 9, 1990||Coupe de Ville||Joe Roth||N/A||$715,983|
|August 1, 1990||Young Guns II||Geoff Murphy||N/A||$44,143,410|
|August 17, 1990||The Exorcist III||William Peter Blatty||$11 million||$26,098,824|
|September 28, 1990||Pacific Heights||John Schlesinger||$18 million||$44,926,706|
|June 14, 1991||Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||Kevin Reynolds||$48 million||$390,493,908||The score would become the music for Morgan Creek's animated logo.|
|January 17, 1992||Freejack||Geoff Murphy||$30 million||$17,129,000|
|April 24, 1992||White Sands||Roger Donaldson||$25 million||$9,011,574|
|August 14, 1992||Stay Tuned||Peter Hyams||N/A||$10,736,401|
|September 25, 1992||The Last of the Mohicans||Michael Mann||$40 million||$75,505,856|
|April 2, 1993||The Crush||Alan Shapiro||$6 million||$13,609,396|
|September 10, 1993||True Romance||Tony Scott||$13 million||$12,281,551||co-production with Davis Films and A Band Apart|
|February 4, 1994||Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||Tom Shadyac||$12 million||$107,217,396|
|March 30, 1994||Major League II||David S. Ward||$25 million||$30,626,182|
|April 22, 1994||Chasers||Dennis Hopper||$15 million||$1,596,687|
|September 9, 1994||Trial by Jury||Heywood Gould||N/A||$6,971,777|
|October 14, 1994||Imaginary Crimes||Anthony Drazan||N/A||$89,611|
|October 28, 1994||Silent Fall||Bruce Beresford||$30 million||$3,180,674|
|December 22, 1995||Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls||Steve Oedekerk||$30 million||$212,385,533|
|January 12, 1996||Two If by Sea||Bill Bennett||N/A||$10,658,278|
|January 26, 1996||Big Bully||Steve Miner||$15 million||$2,042,530|
|March 22, 1996||Diabolique||Jeremiah S. Chechik||$45 million||$17,100,369|
|November 1, 1996||Bad Moon||Eric Red||$7 million||$1,055,525|
|July 2, 1997||Wild America||William Dear||N/A||$7,324,662|
|March 13, 1998||Incognito||John Badham||N/A||N/A|
|April 17, 1998||Major League: Back to the Minors||John Warren||$18 million||$3,572,443|
|August 21, 1998||Wrongfully Accused||Pat Proft||N/A||$9,623,329||co-production with Constantin Film|
|October 23, 1998||Soldier||Paul W.S. Anderson||$60 million||$14,594,226||co-production with Jerry Weintraub Productions|
|March 19, 1999||The King and I||Richard Rich||$25 million||$11,993,021||Morgan Creek's first animated film; co-production with Nest Family Entertainment, Rankin/Bass Productions and Rich Animation Studios|
|September 1, 1999||Chill Factor||Hugh Johnson||$70 million||$11,263,966|
|February 18, 2000||The Whole Nine Yards||Jonathan Lynn||$41.3 million||$106,371,651||co-production with Franchise Pictures, Rational Packaging and Lansdown Films|
|May 12, 2000||Battlefield Earth||Roger Christian||$44 million||$29,725,663||co-production with Franchise Pictures|
|July 19, 2000||The In Crowd||Mary Lambert||$15 million||$5,217,498|
|August 25, 2000||The Art of War||Christian Duguay||$60 million||$40,400,425||co-production with Franchise Pictures and Amen-Ra Films|
|October 6, 2000||Get Carter||Stephen Kay||$63.6 million||$19,412,993||co-production with Franchise Pictures and The Canton Company|
|January 19, 2001||The Pledge||Sean Penn||$35 million||$29,419,291||co-production with Franchise Pictures, Clyde Is Hungry Films and Epsilon Motion Pictures|
|February 23, 2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Demian Lichtenstein||$62 million||$18,720,175||co-production with Franchise Pictures|
|May 18, 2001||Angel Eyes||Luis Mandoki||$53 million||$29,715,606||co-production with Franchise Pictures and The Canton Company|
|August 17, 2001||American Outlaws||Les Mayfield||$35 million||$13,342,790|
|November 9, 2001||Heist||David Mamet||$39 million||$28,510,652||co-production with Franchise Pictures|
|June 21, 2002||Juwanna Mann||Jesse Vaughan||$15 million||$13,802,599|
|August 1, 2003||I'll Be There||Craig Ferguson||N/A||N/A|
|August 20, 2004||Exorcist: The Beginning||Renny Harlin||$80 million||$78,000,586|
|May 20, 2005||Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist||Paul Schrader||$30 million||$251,495|
|October 7, 2005||Two for the Money||D. J. Caruso||$35 million||$30,526,509|
|October 13, 2006||Man of the Year||Barry Levinson||$20 million||$41,237,658|
|December 22, 2006||The Good Shepherd||Robert De Niro||$85 million||$99,480,480||co-production with TriBeCa Productions and American Zoetrope|
|May 11, 2007||Georgia Rule||Garry Marshall||$20 million||$25,992,167||co-production with Mandalay Productions|
|September 21, 2007||Sydney White||Joe Nussbaum||N/A||$13,620,075|
|March 3, 2009||Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective||David Mickey Evans||$7.5 million||N/A|
|September 30, 2011||Dream House||Jim Sheridan||$50 million||$38,502,340|
|October 14, 2011||The Thing||Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.||$38 million||$27,428,670||co-production with Strike Entertainment|
|June 16, 2017||All Eyez on Me||Benny Boom||$45 million||$54,876,855||co-production with Program Pictures and Codeblack Films|
List of Morgan Creek television series
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- Harmetz, Aljean (April 25, 1989). "Producer Defies Rules, and Succeeds". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- Marc Graser (2014-10-07). "Revolution Buys Foreign Rights to Morgan Creek Films for $36.8 Million". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Busch, Anita (2015-09-24). "Morgan Creek To Sell Film Library: 'Major League,' 'Ace Ventura', 'Exorcist' Remakes Next?". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- "The Studio | Revolution Studios". Revolutionstudios.com. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Nellie Andreeva (October 26, 2017). "Morgan Creek Prods. Rebrands Itself, Plans TV & Film Reboots Of 'Young Guns', 'Ace Ventura,' 'Major League' & More". Deadline. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
- Easton, Nina J. (1990-07-24). "Costner May Put Morgan Creek Ahead of Robin Hood Pack". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Fleming, Mike (2013-09-19). "Tupac Shakur Movie — Biopic Gets New Momentum As Emmett/Furla/Oasis To Finance". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Kit, Borys; Siegel, Tatiana (November 30, 2015). "Tupac Biopic Finds New Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 1, 2015.