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Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer will end their partnership in 2014, but don't blame it on The Lone Ranger

Sep. 20, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

An extremely profitable union has come to an end: The Wrap is reporting that Disney will not renew its first-look deal with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer when it expires at the end of the year. Bruckheimer and Disney have made an ungodly amount of money together, but a few of Bruckheimer's most recent films have underperformed, with the most notable being July's THE LONE RANGER.

However, THE LONE RANGER is not the reason why the two have decided to split, according to a statement from the studio:

“Disney will continue 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.”

But it's not as if Jerry Bruckheimer has been banished by the studio, and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn says he is looking forward to working with the producer again in the future

“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.”

Jerry Bruckheimer also released a statement and it's the typical "thanks for everything" that normally comes with news like this:

"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.

In a different statement to THR, Bruckheimer says the split has nothing to do with THE LONE RANGER:

"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'.... It's time for us to tackle all kinds of movies, not just Disney movies. We're still working on Pirates and hopefully National Treasure, and we still have development at Disney."

Jerry Bruckheimer also says he wants to re-launch Touchstone Pictures (home to some of his more adult films like THE ROCK and CON AIR), but apparently Disney wasn't too keen on the idea.

The split is probably best for both sides and it sounds like there's no ill will towards each other, however who knows what is actually being said behind closed doors. Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer might say THE LONE RANGER played no part in the decision to end their working relationship, but I find that very hard to believe. Jerry Bruckheimer probably does want to move back to more adult themed films and Disney obviously loves its brands, but I'm sure when there was a meeting about Bruckheimer's future with the studio, THE LONE RANGER and its failures must have been brought up at least once.

So it's an end of an era for Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney. Maybe Bruckheimer will agree to another first-look deal with a different studio, but for now he's going to have to find a new home for his movies.

Extra Tidbit: Excited for more adult themed movies from Jerry Bruckheimer?
Source: The WrapTHR

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5:19AM on 09/21/2013
So for Disney he is now like the Ex you are still willing to fuck from time to time if she shows up in good shape?
So for Disney he is now like the Ex you are still willing to fuck from time to time if she shows up in good shape?
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5:22PM on 09/20/2013
oh good... he can go back to producing Michael Bay... yipee.
oh good... he can go back to producing Michael Bay... yipee.
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4:14PM on 09/20/2013
Just looked up every movie he has produced, on paper this is a logical choice for Disney. Since 2009 he's made quite a few misses that Disney bit the bullet on. Plus I would rather see new projects from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar over a Bruckheimer movie any day.
Just looked up every movie he has produced, on paper this is a logical choice for Disney. Since 2009 he's made quite a few misses that Disney bit the bullet on. Plus I would rather see new projects from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar over a Bruckheimer movie any day.
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2:21PM on 09/20/2013
"...don't blame The Lone Ranger"

So it's the Lone Ranger and Tonto to blame?
"...don't blame The Lone Ranger"

So it's the Lone Ranger and Tonto to blame?
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12:55PM on 09/20/2013
I doubt he'll ever return to the sort of quality he was able to produce when Don Simpson was alive, but I'm curious what sorts of projects he might produce from here on out. And who he might get to make them.
I doubt he'll ever return to the sort of quality he was able to produce when Don Simpson was alive, but I'm curious what sorts of projects he might produce from here on out. And who he might get to make them.
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12:50PM on 09/20/2013
Sounds good to me. I love Bruckheimer's adult oriented films a lot. Con-Air and The Rock were awesome. Who's to say why the split happened, I'm with everyone else that it probably happened because of The Lone Ranger. But I don't think it was necessarily Disney that decided to split, I'm sure Bruckheimer was probably getting sick of being shit on over whiny fanboys and their perception of his family oriented films. He was probably sitting there thinking to himself "I made The Rock and
Sounds good to me. I love Bruckheimer's adult oriented films a lot. Con-Air and The Rock were awesome. Who's to say why the split happened, I'm with everyone else that it probably happened because of The Lone Ranger. But I don't think it was necessarily Disney that decided to split, I'm sure Bruckheimer was probably getting sick of being shit on over whiny fanboys and their perception of his family oriented films. He was probably sitting there thinking to himself "I made The Rock and Con-Air for christ sakes! Why in the hell am I going to spend my time watering down my ideas for Disney only to get shit on by people. Time to get back to basics"
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12:31PM on 09/20/2013
They can say whatever they want but I'm pretty sure The Lone Ranger is possibly the key reason why this partnership has ended.
They can say whatever they want but I'm pretty sure The Lone Ranger is possibly the key reason why this partnership has ended.
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12:47PM on 09/20/2013
The fact they are so adamant is isn't seems to suggest otherwise, doesn't it. But I imagine if Bruckheimer wants to go back to his Rock and Con Air style movies, well Disney is still known for being mostly family-friendly.
The fact they are so adamant is isn't seems to suggest otherwise, doesn't it. But I imagine if Bruckheimer wants to go back to his Rock and Con Air style movies, well Disney is still known for being mostly family-friendly.
12:50PM on 09/20/2013
Yeah, that's true.
Yeah, that's true.
12:15PM on 09/20/2013
Maybe he can produce quality action movies instead of boring pirate, hamster, cowboy, family friendly garbage.
Maybe he can produce quality action movies instead of boring pirate, hamster, cowboy, family friendly garbage.
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12:53PM on 09/20/2013
I would like this 100 times if possible
I would like this 100 times if possible
5:20PM on 09/20/2013
Hey guinea pigs are not hamsters... what are you saying , they all look the same?!

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Hey guinea pigs are not hamsters... what are you saying , they all look the same?!

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11:49AM on 09/20/2013
I'd love Bruckheimer to go back to doing a pure action flick, like the kind he did back with the late Don Simpson. I think the review of 2 Guns on this site mentioned how similar it feels to the Bruckheimer Simpson late 80s - 90s action flicks, and something like that would be more than welcome.
I'd love Bruckheimer to go back to doing a pure action flick, like the kind he did back with the late Don Simpson. I think the review of 2 Guns on this site mentioned how similar it feels to the Bruckheimer Simpson late 80s - 90s action flicks, and something like that would be more than welcome.
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