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Jerry Bruckheimer discusses his new deal with Paramount, Top Gun 2, Beverly Hills Cop, and more

Dec. 6, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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After the poor performance and critical drubbing of THE LONE RANGER, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and long-time studio partner Disney parted ways. It was a big question where Bruckheimer would end up and now we know he will work with Paramount on future projects. Bruckheimer will begin a three year first look deal beginning in April 2014. While Bruckheimer will keep upcoming sequels to both the NATIONAL TREASURE and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN with Disney, other projects may find their way to Paramount. In an interview with The Wrap, Bruckheimer shed some light on where the producer will go from here.

Aside from bringing the cat-and-mouse thriller SHAKE about a cop chasing a killer through the aftermath of an earthquake, Bruckheimer is planning to work on TOP GUN 2 and the new BEVERLY HILLS COP.  Brett Ratner is currently slated to direct BEVERLY HILLS COP once he finishes with HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS but there is not much other detail on that project.

But the most exciting news from Bruckheimer is the fact that he no longer has to abide by Disney rules any longer.  Gone are the restrictions of making family appropriate movies.

I will have the freedom and opportunity to make various kinds of pictures, which I didn’t have at Disney. There is a narrow band of PG or soft PG-13. If you take out ‘Pirates,’ I had a lot of success making ‘The Rock,’ “Armageddon, ‘Pearl Harbor.’ It’s hard to get those made there now. It’s a great place to work, and I had a great run there.

Bruckheimer also hints that he hopes to work with Michael Bay again as the TRANSFORMERS director has a deal with Paramount himself.  The prospect of those two returning to their glory days of BAD BOYS and THE ROCK is enough to make any movie fan excited.

It will be a while before we see if Disney passes on any in development projects that Jerry Bruckheimer can then bring to Paramount and redevelop, but we know for certain that TOP GUN and BEVERLY HILLS COP are moving forward.  In regards to PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, Bruckheimer did spill one intriguing nugget.  When asked about working with Johnny Depp again, he said:

Sure, we have a great relationship. He’s off doing a couple of movies and hopefully we’ll get him back for Pirates.

Trouble could be brewing for PIRATES if Depp does not return.  It looks like Bruckheimer got out while the getting was good.

Source: DeadlineThe Wrap

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10:16PM on 12/07/2013
It's cool to see Bruckheimer will be working on Top Gun 2, and the Beverly Hills Cop film. I thought Top Gun 2 was done after Tony Scott's death. I had no idea Brett Ratner was directing the Beverly Hills Cop film. It does sadden me to know Brett is directing it. I don't hate him as a director, but if it's anything like Rush Hour 3 I will be REALLY DISAPPOINTED! I feel there are MANY other directors that would be better suited to direct it. I think even Michael Bay could direct it, and it would
It's cool to see Bruckheimer will be working on Top Gun 2, and the Beverly Hills Cop film. I thought Top Gun 2 was done after Tony Scott's death. I had no idea Brett Ratner was directing the Beverly Hills Cop film. It does sadden me to know Brett is directing it. I don't hate him as a director, but if it's anything like Rush Hour 3 I will be REALLY DISAPPOINTED! I feel there are MANY other directors that would be better suited to direct it. I think even Michael Bay could direct it, and it would be good if it's anything like the Bad Boys films.
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6:47PM on 12/06/2013
This means the grown ups are in charge again. No more kid stuff.
This means the grown ups are in charge again. No more kid stuff.
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5:55PM on 12/06/2013
Would like to see Bad Boys 3. It certainly wouldn't hurt Will Smith at this point.
Would like to see Bad Boys 3. It certainly wouldn't hurt Will Smith at this point.
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4:37PM on 12/06/2013
He should do Bad Boys 3 and complete the trilogy.also look forward to Top Gun 2.would like to see him do some new original movies rather than depending on sequels and reboots
He should do Bad Boys 3 and complete the trilogy.also look forward to Top Gun 2.would like to see him do some new original movies rather than depending on sequels and reboots
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4:16PM on 12/06/2013

Sounds like great news to me

His hits outweighing his misses, Bruckheimer can take a blockbuster and give it that extra something it needs to be great. Even names like Ratner and Bay don't dissuade me from believing this is a great move for the Bruck, since he will be able to make their movies better.
His hits outweighing his misses, Bruckheimer can take a blockbuster and give it that extra something it needs to be great. Even names like Ratner and Bay don't dissuade me from believing this is a great move for the Bruck, since he will be able to make their movies better.
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