Renaissance Pictures

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Renaissance Pictures
Founded1979; 40 years ago (1979) (New York City, USA)
FounderSam Raimi
Rob Tapert
Bruce Campbell
Key people
Irvin Shapiro

Renaissance Pictures is an American film production and television company. It was founded by director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and actor Bruce Campbell, with help from publicist Irvin Shapiro, on August 10, 1979 to produce their film The Evil Dead, along with its sequels Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness.

Renaissance has produced many films involving the three founders, as well as those made by other entertainment professionals connected with them, including the Joel and Ethan Coen written Crimewave and Josh Becker's Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except. Later efforts include big budget action films such as Darkman (also directed by Raimi), Hard Target and Timecop, the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, both of which featured Campbell in various capacities, as well as Raimi's brother Ted as recurring character Joxer. Raimi and Tapert now produce horror films, including Raimi's own Drag Me to Hell, through Ghost House Pictures.

The original logo of the company paid homage to the opening of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, before it was changed to a Mona Lisa-esque Renaissance painting being torn apart by lightning in 1994.



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  • Renaissance Pictures on IMDb