Rogue
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryMotion picture
FoundedApril 2, 1998; 25 years ago (1998-04-02)
FounderMatt Wall
Patrick Gunn
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Ryan Kavanaugh (president)
OwnerUltraV Holdings[1]
Parent

Rogue (originally Rogue Pictures) is an American independent production company founded in 1998 by Matt Wall and Patrick Gunn, originally started off as a genre film label of the Universal-affiliated independent film studio October Films and was based in Universal City, California. It was known to produce action, thriller, and horror films.

It was owned by October Films from 1998 to 1999, after which it was merged with Gramercy Pictures to form USA Films 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,[2] which was acquired by Vine Alternative Investments in April 2017.[3]

History

Original October Films era (1998–2000)

On April 2, 1998, Rogue Pictures was formed as a division of the Universal Pictures' independent film label October Films, led by Patrick Gunn and Matt Wall, in order to release genre films to compete with Miramax's Dimension Films label. Rogue's theatrical releases, much in the same manner like Dimension did, would be handled by its parent company October Films, with video and television sales handled by October Films' parent company Universal, and all foreign sales would be handled by fellow Universal subsidiary Good Machine.[4]

One of the first film projects/script acquisitions greenlit by Rogue was the film Cherry Falls, while the first acquisition by October via the Rogue label was the film Orgazmo, although PolyGram Video handled the video rights of the film.[5] The genre's predecessor was the October Films-affiliated production label Mad Dog Pictures, which was designed to release genre films.[6] The Rogue name was dropped in 2000 after October Films was absorbed into USA Films following the merger with Gramercy Pictures.[7]

Focus Features/Universal era (2004–2008)

In 2004, the name and branding was revived as part of the Universal-owned Focus Features, with a goal of "high-quality suspense, action, thriller and urban features with mainstream appeal and franchise potential".[8] The revived Rogue Pictures would be led by the same team who led the Focus Features group, rather than having its own dedicated staff.[9]

In 2005, Universal expanded the company's operations to become a stand-alone division with a new goal of releasing ten films annually.[10] Later that year, Universal and Rogue signed a deal with newly formed Intrepid Pictures to produce, co-finance, and distribute films for five years.[11] 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.[12]

Relativity Media and independent company era (2008–present)

Rogue Pictures logo, used from 2004 to 2010

In 2008, Relativity Media approached Universal about buying the company, a move described in the entertainment media as "bold."[13] 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.[14] This deal was part of Relativity Media reupping its agreemeent with Universal Pictures that would extend until 2015, and Universal would retain a distribution stake in future Rogue films.[15] On May 7, 2009, Relativity decided to turn the Rogue branding into a consumer brand that was used by the studio.[16]

Films

Title Release Date Notes
Division of October Films / 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
Subsidiary of Relativity Media
Violet October 29, 2021

References

  1. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn C. (2018-08-16). "Bankruptcy Court OKs Sale Of Relativity Media To UltraV Holdings". Deadline. Retrieved 2023-06-01.
  2. ^ US Copyright Office Document No V3617D065 2012-06-12
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (April 27, 2017). "New Village Roadshow Co-Owner Vine Acquires Manchester Film Library".
  4. ^ Roman, Monica (1998-04-03). "Rogue of October". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-01.
  5. ^ Roman, Monica (1998-04-03). "Rogue of October". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  6. ^ Frook, John Evan (1993-04-08). "October buys rights to 'Thrill'". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-01.
  7. ^ Peers, Martin (1999-03-22). "Diller sez he ought to be back in pic biz". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  8. ^ Mohr, Ian (March 25, 2004). "Uni's Focus reveals Rogue plan". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Rooney, David (2004-03-25). "Focus widens lens with Rogue". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  10. ^ Kilday, Gregg (May 19, 2005). "Uni's Rogue given solo spot". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (December 16, 2005). "Intrepid makes Rogue films". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (October 16, 2007). "New Focus has Rogue Pictures under Universal". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (October 23, 2008). "Bold gambit by Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (January 4, 2009). "Relativity completes Rogue acquisition". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  15. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (2009-01-04). "Relativity reels in Rogue". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  16. ^ Graser, Marc (2009-05-07). "Relativity Media rolls dice on Rogue". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-02.