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article imageDisney and Jerry Bruckheimer to end first-look deal in 2014

By Andrew Ellis     Sep 21, 2013 in Entertainment
All good things must come to an end at some point, even in the movie industry. One of those things is the longtime partnership between Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Co., which expires next year.
According to Variety, Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Co. will not renew their first-look deal, a partnership that started in the 1990s, when the contract expires in 2014.
Variety reported that the partnership between Bruckheimer and Disney has been one of Hollywood's most successful ones in recent memory. Together they brought audiences "The Rock," "Armageddon," "Con Air," and are currently working on a fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie as well as the highly-anticipated third "National Treasure" movie. There are also other projects in development at the studio under Bruckheimer's name. In total, their list consists of 27 movies over period of more than 20 years.
To show a more monetary example of the successful partnership, the Pirates franchise has made Disney more than $5.4 billion worldwide, according to Variety. When just looking at the domestic side his films together have still made Disney more than $3.4 billion.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bruckheimer said the reason for the split is that he wants to make other movies, not just Disney ones.
"We're still working on Pirates and hopefully National Treasure, and we still have development at Disney," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
A statement released by Disney, according to the Los Angeles Times, backed his statement saying that Bruckheimer wanted to make more "mature movies outside the scope of Disney."
The last movie they did together was "The Lone Ranger" which bombed at the box office, and will force Disney to write off up to $190 million in losses, according to The Hollywood Reporter, although Bruckheimer said that the movie's performance played no factor in the decision.
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