Jerry Bruckheimer has become something of a Disney icon. Since the 1990's, he has produced some of the movie giant's most successful films and franchises, such as 'Armageddon,' 'Pearl Harbor,' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. Overall, the films he has made for Disney have earned more than $3.4 billion just in the United States.
Now, it's time for the two to begin talks on renewing Bruckheimer's contract with the company, which expires in 2014. Disney has changed a lot in the time Jerry has been on board, and it's unclear whether the star producer is able to keep up. Several of his latest films, including 'G-Force,' 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,' and most recently 'Lone Ranger' have tanked at the box office and with critics.
With Disney's business model changing to rely on larger franchises such as Marvel and Star Wars, it is unclear where Bruckheimer's films can fit into the company's new direction.
Still, it's doubtful that the company would completely do away with a producer that has made them so much money. Bruckheimer also has the advantage of having formed close working relationships with highly sought-after actors such as Johnny Depp. It's very likely that things between the two giants will continue in the way they have been - as a true partnership.