Following this summer’ Lone Ranger disappointment, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer are ready to discuss the future of his production deal, reports Variety. Bruckheimer has had a production deal with Disney since the 1990s.
It was already announced that the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise would be delayed so that the screenplay could be fixed. A third installment of National Treasure is in development hell.
According to Variety, “the prolific producer will begin meeting with Disney studio chief Alan Horn next month over a new deal to replace a current first look pact that expires in spring 2014.”
Domestically, Bruckheimer-produced films have earned Disney a whopping $3.4 billion at the box office. The Pirates franchise has earned $5.4 billion worldwide. Most of his films have been released through Disney’s Touchtone Pictures banner.
Disney, it seems, might want to go in a different direction. Their slate is pretty much tentpole films that come from Marvel, Pixar, and starting in 2015, Lucasfilm. This doesn’t even begin to include their own live-action and animated films.
The most recent Bruckheimer films all disappointed at the box office: The Lone Ranger, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and G-Force. The last films Bruckheimer produced that were critically acclaimed were Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Black Hawk Down, and Remember the Titans.