De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Industry Film studio
Fate Bankruptcy
Founded 1983
Defunct 1989
Headquarters Wilmington, North Carolina
Key people Dino De Laurentiis
Products Motion pictures

De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) was a production company/distribution unit founded by producer Dino De Laurentiis. In 1985, DEG acquired Embassy Pictures from The Coca-Cola Company.[1]

The company is notable for producing Manhunter, Blue Velvet, the horror films Near Dark and Evil Dead II, King Kong Lives (the sequel to De Laurentiis' remake of King Kong), and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, as well as distributing Transformers: The Movie.

The company's main studios were located in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is now EUE/Screen Gems Studios. The studio's first releases were in 1986 but went bankrupt two years later after Million Dollar Mystery, among other films, failed at the box office.

Films released

Canadian distribution of DEG releases were done by Paramount Pictures.

DEG had an early version of Total Recall in pre-production with Patrick Swayze as Quaid and Bruce Beresford to direct (David Cronenberg had also been approached), where it was to have been shot in Australia. After DEG's bankruptcy, the film went in turnaround to Carolco Pictures.


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