As if yesterday’s news about Disney/Pixar’s lack of films in 2014 were hard enough to swallow, we now have to deal with the end of an era within the Disney studio.
Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the studio’s Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure franchises, will not renew his first-look deal with the House of Mouse when it expires next year, allowing Bruckheimer to produce more adult fare outside the brand and allowing Disney to concentrate more on its forthcoming Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm products.
As well as produce those films for Disney, Bruckheimer has also been behind a number of adult films under the Touchstone brand, including Pearl Harbour, Armageddon, Con Air and The Rock.
In a statement, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn had this to say about their departing producer: “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… 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.”
Bruckheimer, meanwhile, had this to say: 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… 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.”
Bruckheimer was also the producer for the studio’s summer flop The Lone Ranger, although that film’s failure is not mentioned in the official press release as a reason for the split. Although considering how the film actually played out, who can blame Disney for cutting the cord?
Either way, it’s bittersweet to see a relationship like this come to an end, but as Bruckheimer stated he will still be involved in the making of future franchise releases like 2016’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and whenever they make a third National Treasure movie. But for those eager to see him make hardcore action films again, hope may just be right around the corner…