One of the longest running and most successful partnerships in Hollywood is coming to an end. Disney has announced via email that the studio will not be renewing its first-look deal with Jerry Bruckhemier after it ends in 2014.
The reason for the break up is being blamed instead on Bruckheimer's desire to do other types of movies that don't really fit in the Disney mold.
Bruckheimer and Disney will continue to work on a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie and third National Treasure movie. However, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was recently pushed back from its planned summer 2015 release date because of script issues.
“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.”
“I am very appreciative of the wonderful collaboration and support I have had at The Walt Disney Company for over twenty years and the twenty-seven movies we have made together. The good news is we will continue working together on Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure and other projects we have developed together at the studio,” said Jerry Bruckheimer. “I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with these amazing people at The Walt Disney Studios, many of whom have become my good friends. As we continue to make adventure films, we look forward to returning to films like Black Hawk Down, Enemy of the State, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Rock.”