Jerry Bruckheimer Returns to Paramount Pictures for First Look Deal?
Back in September, we learned that mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and The Walt Disney Company were ending their longtime first-look deal, letting the current contract expire in 2014. This has left Bruckheimer and his production banner looking for a new home, and THR has word that he might end up going back to the source of his early success with Paramount Pictures. Back in the 80s, Bruckheimer found great success with hits like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop (which spawned a franchise that might have a new sequel on the way) and Flashdance, and it would be nice if he returned to more adult, gritty fare there.
Bruckheimer's departure from Disney came after the box office bomb that was The Lone Ranger, and the producer has been struggling lately to deliver hits for Disney. Despite the box office success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the series seems to have lost its life lately. But still, Bruckheimer once had free reign to make more adult films like Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor, but since Disney doesn't have their Touchstone Pictures banner doing much anymore, that's left him dealing with more family fare. It's not a done deal yet, but we're hoping this gets Bruckheimer back to his glory days.