Film producer Bruckheimer in 3-year deal with Paramount

Reuters

Dec 6 (Reuters) - "Pirates of the Caribbean" producer JerryBruckheimer has reached a three-year deal that gives ViacomInc's Paramount Pictures first-look rights for hisfilms, months after the filmmaker and Walt Disney Co ended a two-decade partnership.

The deal starts in April 2014, the studio and Bruckheimersaid in a statement released on Friday. No terms were announced.

Bruckheimer partnered with Don Simpson in the 1980s toproduce hits for Paramount such as "Beverly Hills Cop" and "TopGun," two of the studio's 30 highest-grossing movies of alltime, according to the Box Office Mojo website.

In the 1990s, Bruckheimer started a long-running partnershipwith Disney that produced 27 films including the blockbuster"Pirates" franchise and summer 2013 big-budget mega-flop "TheLone Ranger." Disney and Bruckheimer announced in September theywere ending their deal, though the producer will still work on anew "Pirates" film and a "National Treasure" sequel for Disney.

Bruckheimer's next movie for Paramount is expected to be asequel to "Beverly Hills Cop," with Eddie Murphy, the statementsaid. He also plans to produce "Top Gun 2" starring Tom Cruise.

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