Interscope Communications (also known as Interscope Pictures) was a motion picture production company founded in 1982 by Ted Field. It soon became a division of Interscope Records (which was founded in 1990 as a joint venture with Atlantic Records).
Robert W. Cort
Universal Studios (1998–1999, 2001–2003)
USA Films (1999–2001)
Interscope Communications was founded in 1982 by media mogul Ted Field, who aimed to create films with mass appeal. Field acted as a producer or executive producer on a number of films in Interscope's filmography. The company’s first film, Revenge of the Nerds, was released in 1984 and was a box office success. That same year, Robert W. Cort, a former executive of 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, joined Interscope and became the president of the company. Cort also co-produced a number of films.
In 1990, Nomura Babcock & Brown (NBB) invested $250 million in a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company and Interscope Communications. The deal called for NBB to co-produce and finance films for Interscope and Disney for four years. The joint venture produced five films between 1992 and 1995, all of which were marketed and released under two of Disney's production banners, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. The most successful film co-produced by Interscope and NBB was The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), while other films produced by the joint venture were critical and commercial failures.
In 1992, PolyGram bought a controlling interest in Interscope Communications' film unit. Production and marketing budgets were to be paid by Polygram. Robert W. Cort, president of Interscope, left the company at the end of 1995 believing that PolyGram "took on much more of a corporate environment than it had before and that consequently his role had become more like an executive's than a producer's." Field purchased Cort's 12% stake in the corporation.
Beginning in 1996, Interscope began using PFE's PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Distribution for distribution. In 1998, after PolyGram was bought by Universal Studios, Interscope's film unit was retained as a subsidiary of Universal until it was shut down in 2003. Interscope Records however, still exists as part of Universal Music Group (whose predecessor MCA purchased Atlantic's stake in the label in 1995).
Interscope Communications has produced 56 films. Of the 56 films produced, only 14 are direct-to-video or made-for-television productions. Currently, all of the films that Interscope produced for Orion Pictures, and De Laurentiis Entertainment Group between 1989 and 1991, as well as PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Gramercy Pictures before March 31, 1996, are owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which acquired the studios in separate transactions. Films produced for PolyGram or Gramercy after April 1, 1996 are now owned by Universal Studios. Note that in all cases the distributor or distributors are also co-producers. The box office column reflects the worldwide gross for the theatrical release of the films in United States dollars.
|Year||Title||Director||Co-production company(s)||Distributor(s)||Box office||Ref.|
|1984||Revenge of the Nerds||Jeff Kanew||20th Century Fox||$40,874,452|||
|1985||Turk 182||Bob Clark||20th Century Fox||$3,594,997|||
|1985||American Geisha 2||Lee Phillips||CBS||—|
|1987||Outrageous Fortune||Arthur Hiller||Silver Screen Partners II||Touchstone Pictures||$52,864,741|||
|1987||Stillwatch 2||Rod Holcomb||CBS||—|
|1987||Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise||Joe Roth||20th Century Fox||$30,063,289|||
|1987||Three Men and a Baby||Leonard Nimoy||Silver Screen Partners III||Touchstone Pictures||$167,780,960|||
|1988||The Seventh Sign||Carl Schultz||TriStar Pictures||$18,875,011|||
|1988||Cocktail||Roger Donaldson||Silver Screen Partners III||Touchstone Pictures||$171,504,781|||
|1989||Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure||Stephen Herek||Nelson Entertainment||Orion Pictures||$40,485,039|||
|1989||Collision Course 1||Lewis Teague||DEG||—|
|1989||Renegades||Jack Sholder||Morgan Creek Productions||Universal Pictures||$9,015,164|||
|1989||Blind Fury||Phillip Noyce||TriStar Pictures||$2,692,037|||
|1989||My Boyfriend's Back 2||Paul Schneider||NBC||—|
|1989||An Innocent Man||Peter Yates||Silver Screen Partners III||Touchstone Pictures||$20,047,604|||
|1989||A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story 2||John Patterson||Walt Disney Television||—|||
|1990||The First Power||Robert Resnikoff||Nelson Entertainment||Orion Pictures||$22,424,195|
|1990||Bird on a Wire||John Badham||The Badham-Cohen Group||Universal Pictures||$138,697,012|||
|1990||A Gnome Named Gnorm 1||Stan Winston||Lightning Pictures||Vestron Pictures||—|
|1990||Three Men and a Little Lady||Emile Ardolino||Touchstone Pictures||$71,609,321|||
|1990||Eve of Destruction||Duncan Gibbins||Nelson Entertainment||Orion Pictures||$5,451,119|||
|1991||The Last to Go 2||John Erman||ABC||—|
|1991||Aftermath 2||Glenn Jordan||CBS||—|||
|1991||Class Action||Michael Apted||20th Century Fox||$28,277,918|||
|1991||Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey||Peter Hewitt||Nelson Entertainment||Orion Pictures||$38,037,513|||
|1991||Paradise||Mary Agnes Donahue||Touchwood Pacific Partners I||Touchstone Pictures||$18,634,643|||
|1992||The Hand That Rocks the Cradle||Curtis Hanson||Nomura Babcock & Brown||Hollywood Pictures||$88,036,683|||
|1992||The Cutting Edge||Paul Michael Glaser||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer||$25,105,517|||
|1992||The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag||Allan Moyle||Nomura Babcock & Brown||Touchstone Pictures||$3,721,911|||
|1992||Out on a Limb||Francis Veber||Universal Pictures||$1,659,542|||
|1993||Foreign Affairs 2||Jim O'Brien||TNT||—|||
|1994||The Air Up There||Paul Michael Glaser||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/
Nomura Babcock & Brown
|1994||Holy Matrimony||Leonard Nimoy||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Hollywood Pictures||$713,234|||
|1994||Terminal Velocity||Deran Sarafian||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/
Nomura Babcock & Brown
|1994||A Part of the Family 2||David Madden||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||—|
|1995||Roommates||Peter Yates||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/
Nomura Babcock & Brown
|1995||Separate Lives||David Madden||Trimark Pictures||$961,147|||
|1995||Body Language 2||Eric Harlacher||HBO||—|
|1995||Operation Dumbo Drop||Simon Wincer||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Walt Disney Pictures||$24,670,346|||
|1995||The Tie That Binds||Wesley Strick||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Hollywood Pictures||$5,830,454|||
|1995||Two Much||Fernando Trueba||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/
|1995||Jumanji||Joe Johnston||TriStar Pictures||$262,322,000|||
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Stephen Herek||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Hollywood Pictures||$106,269,971|||
|1996||Boys||Stacy Cochran||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Touchstone Pictures||$516,349|||
|1996||Kazaam||Paul Michael Glaser||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Touchstone Pictures||$18,937,262|||
|1996||The Associate||Donald Petrie||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Hollywood Pictures||$12,844,057|||
|1997||Dead Silence 2||Daniel Petrie, Jr.||Alliance Communications||HBO Pictures||—|
|1997||Gridlock'd||Vondie Curtis-Hall||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Gramercy Pictures||$5,571,205|||
|1997||Snow White: A Tale of Terror 2||Michael Cohn||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Gramercy Pictures||—|
|1998||The Proposition||Leslie Linka Glatter||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$147,773|||
|1998||Very Bad Things||Peter Berg||Initial Entertainment Group/
|PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$9,898,412|||
|1998||What Dreams May Come||Vincent Ward||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||$55,382,927|||
|1999||Runaway Bride||Garry Marshall||Lakeshore Entertainment||Paramount Pictures/
|1999||Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Kevin Williamson||Konrad Pictures||Dimension Films||$8,951,935|||
|2000||Pitch Black||David Twohy||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment||Gramercy Pictures/
|2000||The Three Stooges 2||Glenn Jordan||Icon Entertainment International||Columbia TriStar Television||—|
|2002||The Pianist||Roman Polanski||Studio Canal+/
|Box office total:||$3,037,962,100||—'|
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