Rogue Pictures

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IndustryMotion picture
Founded1997; 24 years ago (1997)
United States

Rogue (originally Rogue Pictures) is an American independent production company founded in 1997 and was based in Universal City, California. It was known to produce action, thriller, and horror films.

It was owned by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment from 1997–1999, after which Universal Studios acquired the studio until its original defunct year of 2000. In 2004, Rogue was revived by Focus Features, which retained the studio until 2009, when it was acquired by Relativity Media. In June 2012, Rogue and Relativity Media sold 30 of their films to Manchester Library Company,[1] which was acquired by Vine Alternative Investments in April 2017.[2]


In 1997, Rogue Pictures was formed as a division of PolyGram Pictures but the name was dropped in 2000 after Universal Pictures bought PolyGram. In 2004, the name was revived as part of Universal-owned Focus Features, with a goal of "high-quality suspense, action, thriller and urban features with mainstream appeal and franchise potential".[3]

In 2005, Universal expanded the company's operations to become a stand-alone division with a new goal of releasing ten films annually.[4] Later that year, Universal and Rogue signed a deal with newly formed Intrepid Pictures to produce, co-finance, and distribute films for five years.[5] In 2007, distribution and marketing of Rogue Pictures films were moved to Universal in company-wide shifts to accommodate Focus Features, putting Rogue Pictures under greater control of the parent company.[6]

Rogue Pictures logo, used from 2004-2010

In 2008, Relativity Media approached Universal about buying the company, a move described in the entertainment media as "bold."[7] The following year, Relativity completed acquisition of the company. At the time of purchase, Rogue Pictures had more than two dozen titles in its library, four upcoming films, and more than thirty projects in development.[8]


Title Release Date Notes
Division of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment / Universal Pictures
Orgazmo October 23, 1998
Thick as Thieves January 28, 1999
Trippin' May 12, 1999
Boricua's Bond June 21, 2000
Cherry Falls October 20, 2000
Subsidiary of Focus Features
Shaun of the Dead September 24, 2004
Seed of Chucky November 12, 2004
Assault on Precinct 13 January 19, 2005
Unleashed May 13, 2005
Cry Wolf September 16, 2005
House of Voices October 18, 2005
Dave Chappelle's Block Party March 3, 2006
Waist Deep June 23, 2006
Fearless September 22, 2006
The Return November 10, 2006
Altered December 19, 2006
The Hitcher January 19, 2007
Hot Fuzz April 20, 2007
Balls of Fury August 29, 2007
Doomsday March 14, 2008
The Strangers May 30, 2008
Subsidiary of Relativity Media
The Unborn January 9, 2009
The Last House on the Left March 13, 2009
Fighting April 24, 2009
A Perfect Getaway August 7, 2009
MacGruber May 21, 2010
Catfish September 17, 2010
My Soul to Take October 8, 2010
Skyline November 12, 2010
The Warrior's Way December 3, 2010
Season of the Witch January 7, 2011
Take Me Home Tonight March 4, 2011
Limitless March 18, 2011
Cost of a Soul May 20, 2011
Shark Night September 2, 2011
Movie 43 January 25, 2013
The Disappointments Room September 9, 2016
Independent company
The Strangers: Prey at Night March 9, 2018
Violet October 29, 2021


  1. ^ US Copyright Office Document No V3617D065 2012-06-12
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  3. ^ Mohr, Ian (March 25, 2004). "Uni's Focus reveals Rogue plan". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Kilday, Gregg (May 19, 2005). "Uni's Rogue given solo spot". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (December 16, 2005). "Intrepid makes Rogue films". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (October 16, 2007). "New Focus has Rogue Pictures under Universal". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (October 23, 2008). "Bold gambit by Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (January 4, 2009). "Relativity completes Rogue acquisition". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 4, 2009.

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