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Morgan Creek Entertainment Group
Morgan Creek Productions, Inc.
Film studio
Industry Movie studio
Founded 1988; 30 years ago (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 (also known as Morgan Creek Productions) 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.[citation needed] 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.[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.[citation needed]

Reboot plans[edit]

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[edit]

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.[7]
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 $34 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[8]
June 16, 2017 All Eyez on Me Benny Boom $45 million $54,876,855 co-production with Program Pictures and Codeblack Films[9][10]

List of Morgan Creek television series[edit]


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  2. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (April 25, 1989). "Producer Defies Rules, and Succeeds". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2018. 
  3. ^ Marc Graser (2014-10-07). "Revolution Buys Foreign Rights to Morgan Creek Films for $36.8 Million". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (2015-09-24). "Morgan Creek To Sell Film Library: 'Major League,' 'Ace Ventura', 'Exorcist' Remakes Next?". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  5. ^ "The Studio | Revolution Studios". Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Easton, Nina J. (1990-07-24). "Costner May Put Morgan Creek Ahead of Robin Hood Pack". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
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  9. ^ Fleming, Mike (2013-09-19). "Tupac Shakur Movie — Biopic Gets New Momentum As Emmett/Furla/Oasis To Finance". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
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