The Factory

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    • Directed By: Morgan O’Neill
    • Written By: Morgan O’Neill, Paul Leyden
    • Release Date: February 19, 2013 (video premiere)
    • Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
    • Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Dallas Roberts, Mae Whitman

Box Office Info:
Budget: $30 millionFinanced by: Dark Castle
Domestic Box Office: $0Overseas Box Office: $0

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Joel Silver’s Dark Castle picked up The Factory screenplay in 2006 and attached John Cusack to this stinker in November 2007.  The budget for The Factory was $30 million and it was financed by Dark Castle.   Warner Bros was to release the film worldwide as per their distribution pact with Dark Castle.

The picture was filmed in 2008 and WB originally planned for a Spring 2009 wide release, but the movie tested poorly, underwent reshoots and then rotted on the shelf for nearly 5 years.  After numerous release delays, IM Global boarded the movie in 2010 to sell off overseas distribution at Cannes and WB retained the domestic rights.  The picture sold very well to distributors who were under the impression The Factory still had a 2,000 screen commitment in the US by Warner Bros.

Even after selling well to buyers, The Factory still collected dust on the shelf and overseas distributors were contractually required to sit on the film until it was released first in the US.  Five years after production ended, Warner Bros finally unloaded this turkey straight to video in February 2013.  The overseas distributors who snatched up the rights at Cannes, also dumped the movie without a theatrical release.

In 2012 WB severed their relationship with Joel Silver after a series of flops and The Factory was the second to last movie under their distribution arrangement and the awful Getaway was the last.

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