Out Of Reach

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  • Directed By: Po-Chih Leong
  • Written By: Trevor Miller, James Townsend
  • Release Date: July 20, 2004 (video premiere)
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony (Screen Gems)
  • Cast: Steven Seagal, Ida Nowakowska, Agnieszka Wagner

Box Office Info:
Budget: $20 million Financed by: Franchise Pictures
Domestic Gross: $0 Overseas Gross: $104,502

Out Of Reach was financed for an estimated $20 million by Elie Samaha’s notorious Franchise Pictures — the criminal production and financing shingle that would fraudulently inflate the budgets of their mostly awful slate of films, like Battlefield Earth, so that their financing partners end up shouldering most of the costs.  Franchise was wiped out in 2004 after the courts found them responsible for defrauding their partners.

In 2002, the cash strapped and legally troubled Franchise, decided to get into business with Steven Seagal, whose career was basically direct to video.  Even more absurd, was that Seagal was paid $4 million to star in this garbage and Franchise also promised him a $4 million payday to topline a remake of the 1975 film The Yakuza — which only the awful Franchise Pictures would consider the name Steven Seagal in the same sentence as Paul Schrader, Robert Towne and Sydney Pollack.  The Yakuza never made it into production, as Franchise was shuttered from their legal troubles.  Franchise also paid Seagal mid-six figures to pick up a spec script that was made into a straight to video actioner Into The Sun, which Franchise also financed.

Warner Bros was set to distribute Out Of Reach when it entered production, as per the studio’s domestic distribution arrangement with Samaha’s company, but by the time it was set for release WB  dropped the picture.  Sony’s Screen Gems label picked it up for a direct to video release in 2004.

Overseas, the only recorded numbers are from the United Arab Emirates, which pulled in $104,502 and Out Of Reach was straight to video in almost every market.

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