Red Granite Pictures

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Red Granite Pictures
Industry Film
Founded 2010; 8 years ago (2010)
Founder Riza Aziz
Joey McFarland
Headquarters West Hollywood, California
Products Motion pictures
Website redgranitepictures.com
redgraniteinternational.com

Red Granite Pictures is an American film production and distribution company, co-founded by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in 2010.[1]

Filmography[edit]

As producer
Year Film Director Other notes
2012 Friends with Kids Jennifer Westfeldt
2013 Out of the Furnace Scott Cooper
The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Direction
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
2014 Horns Alexandre Aja
Dumb and Dumber To Peter and Bobby Farrelly
2015 Daddy's Home Sean Anders
2017 Papillon Michael Noer

History[edit]

Aziz and McFarland serve as co-Chairmen and producing partners. Randy Hermann serves as CFO, David Boyle serves as Business Affairs and Production Legal, David Koplan serves as President of Physical Production and Development, while Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri serve as co-Presidents of the distribution arm, Red Granite International.[2] The company was formed in 2010 but formally announced its executive team in May 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival.[3] Red Granite’s slate of films represent more than $825 million in worldwide box office revenue.[4]

Red Granite Pictures made its debut with Friends with Kids, a romantic comedy written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. The film stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Megan Fox. Red Granite Pictures then executive-produced and handled foreign distribution for the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, and Casey Affleck, and directed by Scott Cooper. It was released on December 6, 2013 by Relativity Media.[5]

Red Granite Pictures next released the highly anticipated film The Wolf of Wall Street on December 25, 2013. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir of the same name by stockbroker Jordan Belfort.[6] The film has achieved tremendous box office success and critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for star Leonardo DiCaprio, and five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter).

Red Granite Pictures then produced Horns and Dumb and Dumber To. Horns, a supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham and directed by Alexandre Aja, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill. It was released October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS.[7] Dumb and Dumber To is an American buddy comedy film co-written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. It is a sequel to the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The film stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle and Kathleen Turner. It was released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures and opened as number one at the box office.[8][9]

Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures in association with Gary Sanchez Productions released the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home on December 25, 2015. Red Granite Pictures co-produced and co-financed the film, which Paramount Pictures distributed worldwide.[10] Daddy's Home opened as number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.[11]

Red Granite's development slate moving forward includes The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington,[12] and an untitled psychological horror film.

No new projects have been announced since October 2015 and it is suspected that the company is closing down because of its connection to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.[13]

Controversy[edit]

The producers of the hit movie Dumb and Dumber claimed Red Granite Pictures had squeezed them out of producing the upcoming sequel.[14] On July 16, 2014, plaintiffs withdrew their racketeering claim with prejudice, meaning it could not be refiled, which was characterized as a strong suggestion that the lawsuit underlying it had been settled.[15] On July 18, 2014, a request for dismissal was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and the case was officially settled. The announcement of the settlement lists the plaintiffs as executive producers, and all claims of racketeering made against Red Granite, Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland were withdrawn. The plaintiffs said in a statement, “We apologize for naming Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland as individual defendants rather than just Red Granite.”[16]

Red Granite Pictures has been caught up in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. In 2016, the FBI issued subpoenas to several past and present employees of the company in regards to allegations that US$155 million was diverted from 1MDB to help finance The Wolf of Wall Street.[17][18][19][20] Red Granite Pictures, which has the Malaysian prime minister's stepson, Riza Aziz, as its co-founder and chairman, denies any wrongdoing.[21] On September 15, 2017, Red Granite Pictures, reached a settlement with the U.S. government in regards to the scandal.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red Granite Pictures: Duo combine investment savvy with creative juice". Variety. 
  2. ^ "Red Granite to form int'l division". Variety. 
  3. ^ Kilday, Gregg (May 9, 2011). "Cannes: Danny Dimbort to Join Red Granite to Launch New Sales Division". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ "Producers: Joey McFarland Movie Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  5. ^ McCue, Michelle. "Casting Heats Up On Relativity Media's Currently Titled "Out of the Furnace"". www.wearemoviegeeks.com. 
  6. ^ McClintock, Pamela (May 22, 2012). "Red Granite Pictures Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland on Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street"". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/radius-dimension-daniel-radcliffe-horns-toronto-film-festival/
  8. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/toldja-dumb-and-dumber-to-proves-no-brainer-for-universal-studio-locks-deal-for-farrellys-jim-carrey-jeff-daniels/
  9. ^ https://variety.com/2014/film/news/box-office-dumb-and-dumber-to-on-top-with-38-million-1201357746/
  10. ^ Jue, Teresa. "Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg team up again for 'Daddy's Home'". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. 
  11. ^ Brevet, Brad. "'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide, Topping Christmas Weekend". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Cieply, Michael (10 August 2014). "An Audacious Studio Rattles Hollywood". New York Times. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Red Granite: What Lies Ahead for the Embattled Company With Its Sales Arm Gone?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-31. 
  14. ^ "'Dumb and Dumber' Producers Fire Back". 
  15. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/wolf-wall-street-financier-gets-719078
  16. ^ Johnson, Ted. "Red Granite, 'Dumb and Dumber' Producers Settle Dispute Over Sequel". Variety.com. Variety.com. 
  17. ^ The Secret Money Behind ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
  18. ^ Malaysia's 1MDB refutes report that it financed 'Wolf of Wall Street': Statement
  19. ^ FBI probes 1MDB-Red Granite US$155m financing claim - WSJ
  20. ^ ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Financed By Wolf Of Malaysia?
  21. ^ "Malaysia's mega-scandal: Switzerland widens its enquiries into Malaysia's 1MDB". The Economist. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  22. ^ Busch, Patrick Hipes,Anita (2017-09-15). "Red Granite Settles With U.S. Government Over 2 Films As Part Of 1MDB Case". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-31.