It looked bleak when Platt lost his job as president of production at Universal Pictures in 1998. But since then, he’s soared with movies as various as the Legally Blonde franchise and last year’s musical Into the Woods, which collected $204 million worldwide. Platt, 58, also has made a mark on Broadway, with another mammoth musical, Wicked. And this year might be his most ambitious yet. He’s in post with the Meryl Streep starrer Ricki and the Flash and has the Steven Spielberg Cold War drama Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, hitting theaters in October. He also is about to begin production on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee’s first film since the global smash Life of Pi. He notes simply, "It’s been an interesting year."