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Background: Franchise Pictures was an independent film company founded in 1997 known for rescuing pet projects and their production of action films. Much of their output was negatively-reviewed and/or bombed at the box office. The company's first few films were distributed by Morgan Creek Productions in North America, but since Morgan Creek lacked an in-house distributor, the films were distributed via Morgan Creek's domestic distributor, Warner Bros. which also handled distribution themselves in several other international territories. Internationally, sales for Franchise's titles were handled by Intertainment. The company hit a major bump with the release of the wildly infamous Battlefield Earth, which was slammed by critics, went drastically over-budget due to the company's embezzlements and marketing, and grossed only $29.7 million at the box office out of an overall $73 million budget. Already hit with major losses from the movie, Franchise was later sued into bankruptcy with accusations of purposely inflating the film's budget. The company, as well as its subsidiary Phoenician Entertainment, closed on August 18, 2004, although many unproduced films they funded were released years afterwards. The film library of Franchise Pictures, is now owned of half by Orange Holdings LLC., along with TH!NKFilm, and another half is owned by Revolution Studios (via Morgan Creek Entertainment).

(July 6, 1999-September 2, 2005)[]

Nickname: "The Franchise Building"

Logo: We start out by panning out through a street with many buildings, then we pan out to a skyscraper with "FRANCHISE" in Haettenschweiler above it, and "PICTURES" on the base. The background soon changes to a teal background.

Variants:

  • On Heist, the logo is black and white and we only pan up to the skyscraper.
  • A short version has the first 4 seconds cut off.
  • When launching a short-lived specialty division named Franchise Classics, the word "CLASSICS" flows from the right and places on the skyscraper. This version is seen on two films: Green Dragon and Zig Zag.
  • On a trailer for A Murder of Crows, the logo is a blue still of the skyscraper and company name in a white box.
  • A still version was shown at the end of some films including City by the Sea, and on the GBA version of Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.
  • On Half Past Dead, the logo is slightly sped-up.

FX/SFX: CGI.

Music/Sounds: An ascending, majestic orchestral fanfare composed by Eric and David Wurst. On some films including The Big Kahuna and Spartan, it's the opening theme or none.

Availability:

  • In rare cases, it was first seen in print form as this was likely used as a placeholder, on a trailer for A Murder of Crows, and a teal print variant also appeared on the GBA game A Sound of Thunder.
  • The animated version commonly debuted on The Boondock Saints and was last seen on A Sound of Thunder.

Editor's Note: Despite the quality of the company's output, the logo exhibits some great CGI.

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