MGM is set to re-launch Orion Pictures as a standalone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company beginning with Michael Sucsy’s “Every Day” as its first feature on February 2nd.
Created in 1978 and going bankrupt by 1991, Orion Pictures released some of the most iconic and celebrated films of those two decades including the likes of “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Amadeus,” “The Terminator,” “Platoon,” “Dances with Wolves” and “Hoosiers”.
MGM bought the company in 1997 and revived it as a distributor in 2013. It has since teamed with Samuel Goldwyn Films as a co-distributor on several films recently, but this will take things much further.
Veteran executive John Hegeman has been hired as president of the new Orion Pictures and will assemble a theatrical distribution, marketing and digital team responsible for the marketing and distribution of four to six modestly-budgeted films a year.