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C2 Pictures
Company typePrivate
PredecessorCarolco Pictures
Cinergi Pictures
Founded1998; 26 years ago (1998)
FounderMario Kassar
Andrew G. Vajna
Defunct2008; 16 years ago (2008)
SuccessorThe Halcyon Company
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California, United States
ProductsMotion pictures, television series and video games

C2 Pictures was an American independent media-entertainment company, it specialized in film and television production.


The company was established in 1998 by Carolco Pictures co-founders Andrew G. Vajna (who had formed Cinergi Pictures until it folded in this same year) and Mario Kassar.[1] In 1999, VCL Communications and Toho-Towa were attached as partners on the then-upcoming feature film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.[2] The company assigned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer the right to co-produce Basic Instinct 2.[3] Both sequels were co-produced by international backer Intermedia.[4]

The company's first production was action comedy film I Spy (2002). Though this film was the company's first, Kassar and Vajna's initial purpose for forming the new company was to resurrect the Terminator franchise.[5] In 2008, the company fell into dormancy and eventually was dissolved.[citation needed]


Release Date Title Director(s) Production partner(s) Distributor(s) Budget Box office
November 1, 2002 I Spy Betty Thomas Columbia Pictures,
Tall Trees Productions,
Sheldon Leonard Productions
Sony Pictures Releasing $70 million[6] $60.3 million[6]
July 2, 2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines[7] Jonathan Mostow Columbia Pictures,[8]
Intermedia Films[7]
Warner Bros. Pictures
(United States/Canada),
Sony Pictures Releasing
$187.3 million ($167.3 million excluding production overhead) $433.3 million[9]
March 31, 2006 Basic Instinct 2 Michael Caton-Jones Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,
Intermedia Films
Sony Pictures Releasing $70 million $38.6 million[10]
November 10, 2006 Children of Glory Krisztina Goda N/A Bunyik Entertainment
(United States)

Television series

Year(s) Title Creator(s) Production partner(s) Distributor(s) Original network Other notes
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Josh Friedman co-production with Sarah Connor Pictures, Bartleby Company and Warner Bros. Television Warner Bros. Television Distribution Fox first season only


  1. ^ Petrikin, Chris; Carver, Benedict (March 27, 1998). "Kassar & Vajna redux". Variety. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Harris, Dana (July 12, 2000). "Cameron won't be back". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  3. ^ DiOrio, Carl (August 16, 2000). "Lion rolls dice". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  4. ^ DiOrio, Carl (July 6, 2003). "Arnold's back but B.O. isn't". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Mario Kassar - Biography
  6. ^ a b "Movie I Spy - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "IM :: Internationalmedia AG". April 3, 2012. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  8. ^ Brodesser, Claude; Harris, Dana (January 3, 2002). "Sony has 'T3' o'seas". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  9. ^ "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  10. ^ "Basic Instinct 2 (2006) - Box Office Mojo". January 29, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2021.