Elie Kheir Samaha
May 10, 1955
(m. 1980; div. 1988)
(m. 1992; div. 2000)
Elie Samaha (Arabic ; born May 10, 1955) is a film producer in Los Angeles, with production credits beginning with The Immortals in 1995. He has produced over 83 works, primarily films along with some video games. He produced The Boondock Saints (1999), Battlefield Earth (2000) and Spartan (2004).
Samaha built his reputation in Hollywood first as the owner of Celebrity Cleaners and then with his nightclub on Sunset Strip, the Roxbury. Parlaying the Hollywood friendships he formed through his clubs, Samaha was able in 1999 to lock up a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Samaha also was a co-owner/founder of the dry cleaner chain Celebrity Cleaners and co-owner of the Roxbury nightclub in Los Angeles.
Between 1998 and 2004, Samaha produced films under the Franchise Pictures studio title, which included films such as The Boondock Saints , Mercy, Battlefield Earth, The Whole Nine Yards, Get Carter, Angel Eyes and Driven.
Samaha specialized in rescuing stars' pet projects. Franchise Pictures sought out stars whose projects were stalled at the major studios, bringing them aboard at reduced salaries. Samaha approach was to produce star vehicles more cheaply than the larger studios. His unorthodox deals raised eyebrows and the entertainment industry magazine Variety commented that they were "often so complex and variable as to leave outsiders scratching their heads". As Samaha put it during an interview about Battlefield Earth, "I said, 'If John [Travolta] wants to make this movie, what does he want to get paid?' ... Because I do not pay anybody what they make. That is not my business plan."
He is currently the President of Take 3 Productions, which produced Breaking Brooklyn (2016), a dance film starring Louis Gossett Jr., Nathan Kress and Colin Critchley.
In 2000, Samaha was sued by Intertainment Pictures, his business partners on a number of films. Intertainment won a $70 million judgment against Samaha for fraudulently overcharging them for production costs on the films.
Samaha was married to Diane Shammas from 1980 to 1988. He was married to actress Tia Carrere from 1992 to 2000.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
|1996||Hollow Point||Executive producer|
|The Last Days of Frankie the Fly|
|1997||American Perfekt||Executive producer|
|The Maker||Executive producer|
|The Peacekeeper||Executive producer|
|Top of the World|
|Lesser Prophets||Executive producer|
|20 Dates||Executive producer|
|This Is My Father||Executive producer|
|No Code of Conduct|
|Free Money||Executive producer|
|A Murder of Crows|
|Restraining Order||Executive producer|
|The Boondock Saints|
|Woman Wanted||Executive producer|
|Storm Catcher||Executive producer|
|If... Dog... Rabbit...|
|The Third Miracle|
|The Big Kahuna|
|The White River Kid|
|2000||Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her||Executive producer|
|Jill Rips||Executive producer|
|The Whole Nine Yards||Executive producer|
|Auggie Rose||Executive producer|
|The Art of War||Executive producer|
|Desperate But Not Serious||Executive producer|
|The Caveman's Valentine|
|3000 Miles to Graceland|
|Plan B||Executive producer|
|Viva Las Nowhere||Executive producer|
|City by the Sea|
|Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever|
|Half Past Dead|
|Alex & Emma|
|Laws of Attraction||Executive producer|
|The Whole Ten Yards|
|Out of Reach||Direct-to-video|
|Funky Monkey||Executive producer|
|2005||Into the Sun|
|A Sound of Thunder||Executive producer|
|Dead Fish||Executive producer|
|2006||Tristan & Isolde|
|Rescue Dawn||Executive producer|
|Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj|
|2007||If I Had Known I Was a Genius||Executive producer|
|Game of Life||Executive producer|
|I Could Never Be Your Woman||Executive producer|
|Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot|
|7-10 Split||Executive producer|
|The Anna Nicole Smith Story||Executive producer|
|Columbus Day||Executive producer|
|2009||The Six Wives of Henry Lefay||Executive producer|
|1998||20 Dates||Producer||Voice role|
|2002||Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever||Executive soundtrack producer|
|2003||Wonderland||The producers and director wish to thank|
|2018||Billionaire Boys Club||Special thanks|
|1998||On the Border||Executive producer||Television film|
|2012||KDOC First Night 2013||Executive producer||Television special|
|2015||The 3rd Annual Noble Awards||Executive producer||Television special|