Earlier this week, we posted a story outlining some of megaproducer Jerry Bruckheimer’s upcoming projects. As far as we know, those are all still active and in the works, but the man behind classics like Top Gun has parted ways with Disney – presumably after the disappointing box office performance of The Lone Ranger.
Disney’s first-look deal with Bruckheimer will expire at the start of next year, but this doesn’t mean the two entities won’t still be involved with each other. Disney still plans to move ahead with another Pirates of the Caribbean film with Bruckheimer handling the production duties.
While it’s easy to assume this is based on The Lone Ranger’s dismal box office results, Bruckheimer insists it wasn’t.
"We have a full body of work with them. It's not about Lone Ranger. It's more about the types of movies Disney is making, and the types of movies we want to make, in addition to Pirates."
While that may be at least partially true, it would be pretty naïve to think that the Lone Ranger debacle didn’t figure into the decision in any meaningful way.
Reportedly, Bruckheimer also urged Disney to revitalize its Touchstone Pictures imprint, but the House of Mouse feels that such a move is unnecessary since Dreamworks already fills the same niche.
In the spirit of trying to put a positive spin on things, maybe this move will work out for all involved. Bruckheimer can continue to produce the kinds of films he wants to make and shop them around to studios that might be more interested in making them with him. Time will tell, but at least the producer still has a lot of irons in the fire with sequels to Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, and Bad Boys all in various stages of development.
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