Screen GemsSince its re-creation in 1998 as a specialty movie label, Sony’s Screen Gems has consistently found its footing with commercial genre fare identifying and acquiring pix to fulfill its particular niche of both indie and inhouse productions — often horror, sci-fi and chopsocky actioner fare — as well as all-rights acquistions.
“We’re opportunistic,” explains Screen Gems chief Clint Culpepper. “We don’t develop product so our slate is dependent on us finding commercial opportunities – either scripts and/or finished films we can acquire domestically, territorially or for the entire world,”
This year, label scored with the Lakeshore Entertainment produced “The Mothman Prophecies” starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney which grossed $35.2 million to date and once again proved its boxoffice muscle with “Resident Evil” which hit $39.5 million. Pic, which stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez
However, Screen Gems had a disappointment with its Destination Films pickup of “Slackers” which was a loss maker for the label hitting only $5.2 million domestically.
Shingle inked a deal this year with Columbia Pictures and Senator International to partner with Gavin Polone’s production company Pariah in a two-year production, development and distribution deal with Screen Gems and Sony switching out for domestic distribution.
Upcoming releases for the rest of the year inlcude the August release of “Love and a Bullet,” the October bowing of “Swept Away,” Guy Ritchie’s followup to “Snatch” starring Madonna, the Ronny Yu directed “Formula 51” starring Samuel L. Jackson and the November 15th release actioner “Half Past Dead,” starring chart-toppimg rappers Ja Rule, Kurupt, and Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut.
Looking forward to 2003, Screen Gems will be banking on its Meg Ryan, Jane Campion pic “In the Cut,” which starts shooting July 22, “Underworld” which starts production in September for Lakeshore starring Kate Beckinsale, and its Hong Kong actioner “Judas” to star Morris Chestnut.