Eye See You
- Directed By: Jim Gillespie
- Written By: Howard Swindle, Ron L. Brinkerhoff
- Release Date: September 20, 2002
- Domestic Distributor: DEJ Prods.
- Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Patrick
Box Office Info:
|Budget: $60 million||Financed by: Universal; Capella Intl.|
|Domestic Box Office: $79,161||Overseas Box Office: $6,337,141|
Back in 1998 Stallone chose this disaster to be his follow up performance to Cop Land. Eye See You was to be the first of a three picture deal between Stallone and Universal, which was set up in 1995 that guaranteed Stallone $60 million from the three films. In 2000, while this movie was delayed, Universal pulled out of the agreement with Stallone and this was the only movie that materialized, though he did land a $20 million payday for this clunker.
Universal co-financed this $60 million pic with Capella Intl. — which received its capital from the German tax shelter fund KC Medien — and it went into production titled D-Tox, before having its domestic name changed to Eye See You. It was completed in 1999 and Universal delayed the picture after very poor test screenings and scheduled reshoots. Eventually producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s company Imagine Entertainment removed their name from the film, out of embarrassment by association with this stinker. Eye See You sat unreleased on the shelf for three years, collecting dust and high interest expenses, before Universal decided to sell off the troubled pic to DEJ Prods. DEJ was video chain Blockbuster’s acquisition/distribution arm.
DEJ gave the Stallone vehicle a token theatrical release in 78 theaters where it pulled in just $79,161 and the film was quickly primed for a video release.
Overseas, UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) handled the release and it was sent out as D-Tox in most markets. The offshore cume was a small $6,337,141. Stallone’s career was in the gutter since the 2000 release of Get Carter and then followed that with Driven, this delayed film and then Avenging Angelo was sent straight to video.