Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Ending First-Look Film Deal in 2014
Following the box office bomb that was The Lone Ranger, not to mention a delay in production for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the longtime collaboration between The Walt Disney Company and Jerry Bruckheimer is coming to an end. The studio has announced that they will not renew their first-look deal with Bruckheimer's production company, and will let it expire in 2014. In a press release brought to our attention by The Wrap, Disney said they want 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." Yeah, that and also The Lone Ranger bombed.
Obviously Disney made a point to try and get people's minds away from the fact that the lack of success from The Lone Ranger, and Bruckheimer pointed that out to THR as well, saying, "We have a full body of work with them. It's not about The 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." Speaking of the franchises between the two companies, Bruckheimer points out that despite the end of this deal, "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." So just what kind of films is Bruckheimer hoping to make now?
Looking to his extensive filmmaking past, the producer says, "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.” We're not sure why those kind of movies can't still be released through Disney's production label Touchstone Pictures, especially since films like The Rock, Con-Air, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor went that route. But we think this definitely has to do with Bruckheimer's recent films underperforming at the box office and not giving Disney the kind of success that their new friends at Marvel, and soon Lucasfilm, are delivering. It's definitely the end of an era on the cusp of a new chapter for Disney.