The spectacular 22-year partnership of Walt Disney Co. and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will come to an end next year, signaling the Burbank company's changing priorities and how the shifting sands of the movie business are affecting A-list producers.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Bruckheimer acknowledged the picture's poor performance, but said the separation from Disney was set in motion long before "The Lone Ranger" grossed just $245 million against a production budget estimated at $250 million.
"It's never about one movie," said Bruckheimer, who turns 70 on Saturday. "This was something that was coming long before 'Lone Ranger' was made."
The filmmaker said rather that he and Disney don't want to make the same kinds of movies anymore, and he lamented Disney's decision in 2010 to stop releasing in-house productions under its Touchstone Pictures label, which was home to many of the producer's biggest hits.
"We wanted to make the kind of movies we made in the past with Touchstone," he said. "But unfortunately they have a business plan that doesn't include the kind of movies we made in the past."
ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll
Bruckheimer and producing partner Don Simpson — who had been enormously successful on the Paramount lot with "Flashdance," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Top Gun" and other movies — signed a deal with Disney in 1991. The duo's first movie for the studio was 1994's "The Ref," a disappointment that was followed in 1995 by successes "Dangerous Minds," "Crimson Tide" and "Bad Boys." Simpson died in 1996.