Last week’s news concerning his anointment to Paramount’s “Beverly Hills Cop 4″ hinted at it, but now it’s confirmed : Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney are divorcing. And it’s not sure who gets Johnny Depp in the custody battle yet.
The twosome, who produced such cash-heavy fare as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and it’s 24 sequels together, will cease being one-and-the-same in 2014.
Bruckheimer tells The Hollywood Reporter that he will be involved in a couple of Disney pictures going forward, but he’s also ready to explore some ‘strange’ elsewhere.
“It’s time for us to tackle all kinds of movies, not just Disney movies,” Bruckheimer tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re still working on Pirates and hopefully National Treasure, and we still have development at Disney.”
Before a snarky Deadliner can yell “Lone Ranger’s to blame!”, Bruckheimer wants to point out that the cowboy’s failure at the box-office has nothing to do with his Disney not to sleep with Minnie Mouse anymore.
“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 says he tried to convince Disney to relaunch Touchstone – the ‘adult movie’ label that produced such hit fare as “Three Men and a Baby”, “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Stakeout” but Disney were too busy predicting how many billion they’d make on the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII” to even consider that.
“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,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “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.”
If I was a betting man, and I’m not – otherwise I’d probably be going commando right now, I’d say Bruckheimer’s headed back to Paramount – where he’ll get busy again with some ‘Fuck-fuelled’ comedies like the “Beverly Hills Cop” sequel he’s signed for.
Poor Johnny Depp though, caught in the middle of this ugly thing. It’ll be OK little Johnny, Mummy and Daddy still love each other, they just have to figure some things out.