Disney ends deal with Jerry Bruckheimer

Producer made billions for the studio, but loses his 'first-look'.

Disney has ended its long-standing deal with Jerry Bruckheimer, in the wake of his summer flop 'The Lone Ranger'.

The producer had a 'first-look' arrangement with the studio, but that will end as of 2014, despite Bruckheimer's past hits.

But Bruckheimer says that the failure of 'The Lone Ranger', which lost Disney a reported $190 million, is not to blame for the split.

“It's time for us to tackle all kinds of movies, not just Disney movies,” Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter.

“We're still working on 'Pirates' and hopefully 'National Treasure', and we still have development at Disney.

“Our record stands for itself. Ten billion at the box office is not bad. We have a full body of work with them. It's not about 'Lone Ranger'. It's more about the types of movies Disney is making, and the types of movies we want to make, in addition to 'Pirates'.”

Disney studio boss Alan Horn added: “This is about a long-term relationship with lots of pluses and minuses. 'The Lone Ranger' certainly didn't help things, but we all have our wins and our losses, and this is an overall thing related to the company's supply of projects from all these other places.”

The move also comes after the extensive delay to the fifth movie in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'.

But still, the coupling has produced a wealth of blockbusters, including 'Armageddon', 'Con Air', 'Pearl Harbor' and 'The Rock'.

“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. He is a friend to many of us here at Disney,” added Horn.

“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,” continued Bruckheimer.

“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.”