By Will Ashton
After the poor box office performance of The Lone Ranger this summer, it appears that Disney is not renewing Jerry Bruckheimer’s first-look contract. Starting 2014, Bruckheimer and Disney will be splitting ways.
Bruckheimer tells The Hollywood Reporter, “it’s time for us to tackle all kinds of movies, not just Disney movies.” Bruckheimer will remain on-board to produce future Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure movies, and he wishes to continue his relationship with Disney on other movies. Bruckheimer is “confident he will get a deal” with another studio.
Despite the whole Lone Ranger disaster, the producer does not blame the movie’s poor box-office performance on the split. “We have a full body of work with them,” he said. “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.”
I have a lot of trouble believing this last statement, but whatever. We’ll have to see what happens with Bruckheimer. Disney will do fine on its own, but will he be able to make it on his own?