Disney is going to cut ties with American film and television produce Jerry Bruckheimer. He will end his long run with the company in 2014, insisting his departure is nothing to do with The Lone Ranger flop. The spilt is being handled well as the parties have agreed to go their separate ways following a difference of opinion on the studio’s creative direction.
Bruckheimer and Disney head Alan Horn both agree The Lone Ranger is not one of the reasons for this shakeup breakup.
According to the Hollywood Reporter,
” Disney released a statement to press on Thursday, 19 September, stating that the studio will look to end it’s first-look deal with the producer in 2014. Bruckheimer spoke with THR about the split and insisted that his departure from the studio has nothing to do the failure of his last film, The Lone Ranger. He said that the split comes down to the fact that Disney no longer want to make the kind of movies that he’s interested in making and insists their relationship has simply run it’s course. However, he did mention that he plans on resolving the matter before it is finalised, and had no concerns as to whether he would be able to reach another contract agreement following the fallout.
“It’s time for us to tackle all kinds of movies, not just Disney movies,” Bruckheimer told THR. “We’re still working on Pirates and hopefullyNational Treasure, and we still have development at Disney.”
“Our record stands for itself. Ten billion at the box office is not bad,” he continued. He went on to claim that the failure ofThe Lone Ranger at the box office had nothing to do with the split either, insisting that the split is down to nothing more than a difference of opinion. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn went on to tell THR that the split doesn’t concern the failure of The Lone Ranger, but instead is more to do with Disney’s supply of projects already in the pipeline. The movie cost Disney $250 million to make, but brought in less than $50 million during its paltry opening weekend, ging on to bring in only $89 million at the domestic box office.
“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,” Bruckheimer concluded.
Disney is now focusing on Pixar, Marvel and now Lucasfilm. Bruckheimer wants to produce more mature films which doesn’t fit in with Disney. Although they have split, the two will remain remain working partners on the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean films and potentially a third National Treasure.