Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation — also known as 20th Century Fox, or 20th Century Fox Pictures — is one of the six major American film studios as of 2011. Located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, just west of Beverly Hills, the studio is currently a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
The company was founded on May 31, 1935 as the result of the merger of Fox Film Corporation, founded by William Fox in 1915, and Twentieth Century Pictures, founded in 1933 by Darryl F. Zanuck and Joseph M. Schenck.
When Alfred Hitchcock moved Hollywood, Zanuck was keen for the director to make a film for the studio. After Zanuck initially rejected the idea of a remake of "The Lodger", Hitchcock pitched the idea of a film set in a boat. "Lifeboat" would spend nine months in pre-production before filming finally commenced in August 1943.
Although Zanuck was keen for Hitchcock to make a second film for the studio, they failed to agree on a suitable property to develop — in particular, Hitchcock was keen to adapt J.M. Barrie's 1920 play "Mary Rose".