Focus Features is a film production company that is part of NBCUniversal. Their position is to acquire and produce specialty films with the express purpose of “making a lasting impact on global audiences by creating the home for artists to share diverse, distinctive stories that inspire human connection.”
###Works Known For
Possession was released on August 16, 2002, and was produced by both Warner Bros. Pictures and Focus Features. It’s a romantic mystery drama (based on a novel by the same name) written and directed by Neil LaBute and stars Gweneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart.
Budget: $25M Domestic Box Office: N/A Worldwide Box Office: N/A
##Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead was released in 2004 and was directed by Edgar Wright. This comedic horror film was written by Wright and Simon Pegg who also stars in it as Shaun. Shaun and his friend Ed, played by Nick Frost, are caught unaware by the zombie apocalypse and attempt to take refuge in a local pub with their loved ones. The film co-stars Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton.
Budget: $6.1M Domestic Box Office: $13,542,874 Worldwide Box Office:$29,832,586
##Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (AKA Eternal Sunshine) was released in 2004 and was written by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Michel Gondry. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a science fiction comedy-drama that follows a couple who have erased each other from their memories. Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson star in the film.
Budget: $20M Domestic Box Office:$34,366,518 Worldwide Box Office: $72,401,378
##Last Night in Soho
Last Night in Soho is scheduled to be released on October 29, 2021. Last Night in Soho is a British psychological horror film starring Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Rita Tushingham, and Terence Stamp.
Budget: N/A Domestic Box Office: N/A Worldwide Box Office: N/A
##Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain was released in the United States on July 16, 2021. This documentary film was directed and produced by Morgan Nevill and it follows the life and career of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
Budget: N/A Domestic Box Office:$5,067,960 Worldwide Box Office: N/A
##Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation is a romantic comedy-drama film released in 2003. Lost in Translation was written and directed by Sofia Coppola. The film stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson and features Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Faris.
Budget: $4M Domestic Box Office: $44,585,453 Worldwide Box Office: $117,085,297
Blue Bayou premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on July 13, 2021, and will be released in the United States on September 17, 2021. Blue Bayou is a drama film that was written and directed by Justin Chon and stars Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O'Brien, Linh Dan Pham, Sydney Kowalske, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Emory Cohen.
Budget: N/A Domestic Box Office: N/A Worldwide Box Office: N/A
Brokeback Mountain was released in 2005 as an American Neo-Western romantic drama film. Brokeback Mountain was directed by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus. The stars of the film are Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and Michelle Williams.
Budget: $14M Domestic Box Office: $83,043,761 Worldwide Box Office: $176,980,863
##The Book of Henry
The Book of Henry was released in 2017 as an American drama film. The Book of Henry was directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Gregg Hurwitz. Naomi Watts, Jaeden Martell, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, and Dean Norris star in the film.
Budget: $10M Domestic Box Office: $4,288,104 Worldwide Box Office: $4,379,905
##Downton Abbey (film)
Downton Abbey (the movie) was released in 2019, shortly after the successful historical drama series ended. The film was written by Julian Fellowes who was also the writer and creator of the series. Michael Engler directed the film and it was released in conjunction with Universal Pictures. Much of the original cast starred in the Downton Abbey film.
Budget: $13M Domestic Box Office: $96,853,865 Worldwide Box Office: $194,694,724
Over the years, Focus Features has been able to work with some of the greatest actors in the industry. Here is just a sampling:
Willem Dafoe has worked with Focus Features on several projects and his most recent work with them is set to be released on September 10, 2021. In Paul Schrader’sThe Card Counter Willem Dafoe plays a military colonel. Over the years, Dafoe has proven himself to be a highly versatile actor and has starred in major blockbuster hits produced by the biggest productions in Hollywood and he has acted in a fair share of independent films.
Bill Murray has arguably the most recognizable face in all of film and television. He has been in childhood favorites like the original Space Jam and films on the opposite end of the spectrum like Lost in Translation.
Dakota Johnson really began her acting career in 2010 with the film The Social Network and has only gotten busier from there. Dakota Johnson has also starred in films like 21 Jump Street, Date and Switch and Black Mass.
Focus Features has produced many, many films over the years (something like 164+) and, as such, has worked with tons of directors. I don’t think anybody wants to read about 100+ different directors, so I’ll just highlight 4!
Colin Trevorrow has directed several major blockbuster films like Jurassic World, The Book of Henry, and Safety Not Guaranteed.
Ang Lee is a Taiwanese film director who has had many major hits on his record. Some of the films he is best known for are Brokeback Mountain, The Life of Pi, Hulk (2003), and Sense and Sensibility.
Justin Chon is a California-born film director who is best known for his films Twilight, Blue Bayou (releasing in 2021), and Gook.
Morgan Nevill is best known for his films Won’t You Be My Neighbor, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, and the recently released Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain.
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To make a lasting impact on global audiences by creating the home for artists to share diverse, distinctive stories that inspire human connection.
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