Jerry Bruckheimer is going back to the studio he ruled in the Eighties. After ending a very successful development deal with Disney earlier this year, it was announced the mega-producer is driving down the hill and signing a new deal with Paramount, the studio Bruckheimer made his home in the 1980s, and where he developed such mega-hits as Flashdance, Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop. Sequels to the latter two are among his first new priorities. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
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Update: Variety has since confirmed that Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer “will not seek to renew a first-look deal when it expires next year.” Original story from September 17th 2013 follows.
Jerry Bruckheimer has been in the news a lot recently. The mega-producer was forced to delay the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and might head to Paramount once again to work on the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Those two pieces of news act as a skeleton for a new article that suggests Bruckeheimer’s long-standing relationship with Disney (which not only includes Disney films, but innumerable films released under the Touchstone banner) could be coming to an end. He’s scheduled to meet with Disney studio head Alan Horn soon to discuss new terms of their current relationship.
How could a studio potentially lose a producer as powerful and profitable as Bruckheimer? One answer could be the success of deals with Marvel and Lucasfilm. Read More »
People under the age of 25 might be too young to remember what the names “Simpson/Bruckheimer” meant when appearing in front of a movie. With films like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Days of Thunder, Bad Boys, The Rock, odds were if Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson produced a movie in the Eighties or Nineties, it was awesome. After Simpson’s passing in 1996, Bruckheimer did his best to carry on the legacy. In recent years, he has faltered.
With one of Bruckheimer’s biggest films now delayed, the producer is turning his attention back to another franchise he helped create. Variety reports despite not having anything to do with Beverly Hills Cop III or the failed TV pilot, Bruckheimer is in talks to produce Beverly Hills Cop IV. He’s also still working on Top Gun 2 and developing Bad Boys 3, among other things. Read More »
Though 2010′s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was a billion dollar global blockbuster, critics hated it. It sits at a rotten 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. Might the producers think “if the movie was adored, maybe we could have made more”? That possibility was certainly part of Tuesday’s news that Pirates of the Caribbean 5, originally scheduled for a July 2015 release date, has been delayed. Disney executives said the film “isn’t there yet” scriptwise, and the delay will allow producer Jerry Bruckerheimer, screenwriter Jeff Nathanson, and directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg to fine tune the script into a film that is critically and financially successful.
That much we know. What we don’t know is what the film is about and what the specific issues are. One site has gotten their hands one the first plot details for the film, rumored to be called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and they illuminate both that title as well as some potential issues. Read More »
Briefly: Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp are prepping the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, with Kon Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg taking the helm. Jeff Nathanson is scripting, and while we don’t know any story details at this point, now we’ve got a title. The series will finally get around to using a classic pirate phrase, as the film is reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The info comes via This Is Infamous, which got the title in an interview with the directors. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will shoot in early 2014, and is set for release on July 15, 2015. There has been talk that Disney will limit Bruckheimer’s autonomy on this chapter, but it remains to be seen how that will affect the film, if indeed it will at all.
A track record like the one producer Jerry Bruckheimer has amassed affords him many things. Money, of course. Power to get movies made. And, apparently, final cut on a lot of his movies. That track record has been a bit tarnished as of late, though. G-Force, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Prince of Persia all under-performed. Even Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, while a monster hit, got no love from critics. Then there’s his latest, The Lone Ranger, a critical and financial flop for both the producer and Disney.
Now it seems the failure of The Lone Ranger might have some immediate effects on the power of Bruckheimer. He’s currently preparing to make Pirates of the Caribbean 5 starring Johnny Depp, and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. A new report states Disney is trying to take away Bruckheimer’s final cut on the film. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s no question at this point that The Lone Ranger was a big fat flop, but why it failed so badly remains up for debate. Were audiences turned off by the cultural insensitivity? Does Johnny Depp need to put down the white makeup? Was the movie just not very good?
According to director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Depp and Armie Hammer, the answer is none of the above. Instead, the team pegs the film’s poor box office performance on film critics, whom they believe were “gunning for” the movie due to its production troubles. Cue every single movie reviewer I know: If only we had that kind of power. Hit the jump to watch them complain.
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