Bye, Bye, Bruckheimer

22 Sep

The Walt Disney Company and director/producer Jerry Bruckheimer are parting ways after nearly 20 years of collaboration.

Best known for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Bruckheimer worked with the studios for 27 feature films, including National Treasure, Con Air, and Armageddon (Disneyland Paris still has a simulation attraction based on the film).

The move comes after the (rather dismal) box-office flop of The Lone Ranger reboot, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger. Some estimates suggest Disney could lose $190 million on the long-anticipated summer blockbuster.

Disney said in a statement it will continue to work with Bruckheimer on the fifth Pirates installment. However, the release date has been removed from the company’s distribution schedule. It had been listed to launch in the summer of 2015.

With Disney’s acquisitions of MARVEL and Lucasfilms (on top of studio projects from both Walt Disney Studios and PIXAR), the company has plenty of material to produce. However, Bruckheimer’s next projects are not as predictable.

What will happen to the franchise once expected to churn out three more movies after its initial trilogy? Critics and fans of the Pirates franchise wondered how the plot could continue after losing two leads (Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom), but how will it fair with this news?

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