Franchise Pictures was a film production company established in 1998 by Elie Samaha and Andrew Stevens. The company was formed to rescue movie stars who were having poor track records in their career. The company had a reputation of producing movies that were (and still are) critical and commercial failures, most notably Battlefield Earth. After the number of films that were made by Franchise Pictures failed at the box office and a lawsuit was settled between a German film distributer called Intertainment AG, Franchise Pictures had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the mid 2000s.