It was announced just a few hours ago, that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney will part company in order to focus on other projects. This is the duo who brought us Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure, but why does this feel like a high profile break up? Because it is. For the film-production world, they were the equivalent of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. This just doesn’t happen.
Many have speculated as to the reason behind the split, pointing towards the huge losses of £118m incurred by box office flop, The Lone Ranger. However, Disney Studio’s Chairman Alan Horn refuted those claims by releasing this statement;
“This is about a long-term relationship with lots of pluses and minuses,” Horn said. “The Lone Ranger certainly didn’t help things, but we all have our wins and our losses, and this is an overall thing related to the company’s supply of projects from all these other places.”
Whilst Bruckheimer released an independent statement;
“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.”
The two Hollywood heavyweights have explained that they want to move in different directions, Disney will focus on younger viewers whilst Bruckheimer will seek to continue those films for which he is most famous, including a sequel to Bad Boys!
“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.”
This is a relationship almost as old as myself, and after around 20 years it’s quite hard to believe.