Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Ending Their First-Look Picture Deal in 2014


By AMC Theatres September 20, 2013


Walt Disney Studios and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have made countless of films together over two decades. A whopping 27 films were produced under their partnership, including such great films as "The Rock", "Enemy of the State", "Black Hawk Down" and of course the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. After all the successful films as well as a few flops, the partnership is now coming to a close, as announced by an official press release from Disney.

Their most recent film "The Lone Ranger", failed miserably by both monetary and critical standards. Could this have been the final straw that broke the camels back? They still have the prospect of producing films together in the future, they are just not renewing their first-look contract, which expires in 2014.

Bruckheimer is said to want to explore and produce more mature films, which is definitely a bit of an issues at the Mouse House. In either regard, Disney's slate for 2014 and beyond is incredible and Bruckheimer is one of the most well-respect producers in the business. Indeed the closing of a chapter, and hopefully the beginning of some new and awesome films, from Bruckheimer.

You can check out the official press release below:

The Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer have decided not to renew their first-look deal when it expires next year. Disney will continue to focus on its branded properties including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm, while Bruckheimer is looking to produce more mature films outside the scope of the Disney brand. Disney and Bruckheimer will continue working together on various projects including the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Together Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have produced such blockbuster hits as the Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure films under the Disney brand as well as adult action dramas like Pearl Harbor, Armageddon,Con Air, and The Rock through the Touchstone label.

"Jerry is one of the most respected and prolific producers working in the motion picture industry, and we have had an incredibly successful collaboration over the past two decades and he is a friend to many of us here at Disney," said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. "We will continue to work together in the future, and we look forward to seeing more of the films that have made Jerry Bruckheimer a Hollywood legend."

"I am very appreciative of the wonderful collaboration and support I have had at The Walt Disney Company for over twenty years and the twenty-seven movies we have made together. The good news is we will continue working together on Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure and other projects we have developed together at the studio," said Jerry Bruckheimer. "I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with these amazing people at The Walt Disney Studios, many of whom have become my good friends. As we continue to make adventure films, we look forward to returning to films like Black Hawk Down, Enemy of the State, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Rock."

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Source: Deadline

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