21st Century Film Corporation

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Not to be confused with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

21st Century Film Corporation Inc.
Industry Motion Picture Production & Releasing
Fate Bankruptcy
Founded 1971
Defunct 1996
Headquarters 7000 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048, U.S.A.
Key people Menahem Golan (CEO), Ami Artzi & Giancarlo Parretti
Products Motion Pictures
Parent Independent (1971-1989)
Financial banking from The Cannon Group (1989-1993)
21st Century Group (1993-1996)

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. Parretti had also recently purchased Cannon Films, and he eventually handed 21st Century Film Corporation 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.

Rights to Marvel Comics characters[edit]

In 1990, 21st Century bought the film rights to two Marvel Comics heroes, Captain America and Spider-Man. Captain America was filmed and was given only a limited theatrical release worldwide, despite its major budget. 21st Century eventually lost the rights to filming Spider-Man.[1]

Later years[edit]

After The Cannon Group's demise 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. At that time, it was under the 21st Century Group.

In 1996, it eventually went bankrupt. In 2001, Golan later returned to his native Israel and formed New Cannon, Inc.