21st Century Film Corporation
|Industry||Motion Picture Production & Releasing|
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, CA|
|Menahem Golan (CEO), Ami Artzi & Giancarlo Parretti|
Public (pink sheets)
21st Century Film Corporation was a small-scale theatrical distribution company formed sometime in the early 1970s as a production company and distributor.
It was formed sometime in 1971 as a production company and distributor.
The company had largely gone unnoticed for nearly twenty years when sometime in the late '80s, while filing for bankruptcy, it was purchased by Giancarlo Parretti. Pathe had also recently purchased The Cannon Group, which was renamed Pathe Communications, and he eventually handed 21st Century Film Corporation and Spider-Man and Captain America film rights (held by Cannon) over to Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan as part of Golan's severance package from Cannon.
Golan's goal was to release high-quality motion pictures to the American and worldwide film audiences, but 21st Century only enjoyed small-scale success releasing low-budget, art-house films like Eraserhead, as well as remakes of The Phantom of the Opera and Night of the Living Dead.
In April 1989, Twenty-first Century Film and Pathe Communications ended their film production contract. As part of the termination, 21st Century Film received rights to two two feature-length movies: the completed "Mack the Knife", in production "Phantom of the Opera" plus other projects and scripts rights. While Pathe would no longer have any financial obligations to 21st Century.
Captain America was filmed and was given only a limited theatrical release worldwide, despite its major budget.
Looking for funding for the Spider-Man for which direct funding was difficult, 21st Century sold the film's TV rights to Viacom, the home-video rights to Columbia and theatrical rights to Carolco. In 1993, Golan triggered a series of lawsuits for 21st Century over Spider-Man as he feared being pushed out. Bankruptcy followed within the year for the company. In 1995, the judge ruled that the Spider-Man film rights expired and reverted to Marvel.
In 1993, it released a few more movies including, Deadly Heroes and most notably Death Wish V: The Face of Death, which was not only the last in the series but Charles Bronson's final theatrical film.
- 1981: Nightmare
- 1989: The Phantom of the Opera
- 1989: Eraserhead
- 1989: Bullseye!
- 1989: Caged Fury
- 1990: Night of the Living Dead (released by Columbia Pictures)
- 1990: Captain America
- 1991: The Finest Hour
- 1991: Bloodmatch (now owned by MGM)
- 1992: Prison Planet
- 1992: Desert Kickboxer
- 1993: Deadly Heroes
- 1993: Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde
- 1994: Death Wish V: The Face of Death
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