Brett Ratner takes on publishing

Rat Press releases out-of-print books about filmmakers

Producer-director Brett Ratner is adding publisher to his list of credits.

The Hollywood hyphenate intends to release three books Wednesday through his publishing company, Rat Press. The softcover books -- on Marlon Brando, Robert Evans and Jim Brown -- are the first in a series of planned releases of out-of-print books about filmmakers and filmmaking.

"These are books that I wanted to put out there in the consciousness of film culture and pop culture because they're books that shaped my film education," said Ratner, 40. "Hopefully it will inspire other generations of young people."

The first volumes are "Conversations With Marlon Brando" and "Conversations with Robert Evans," both by Lawrence Grobel, and "Jim: The Author's Self-Centered Memoir on the Great Jim Brown" by James Toback. The softcover books sell for $20 to $25

"If I didn't do this, I would take these books and photocopy them and give them to all my friends," Ratner said.

Ratner, whose film credits include "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Rush Hour 3" and who executive produces TV's "Prison Break," said he always wanted to be in the book business -- "not for profit, it's really about a personal passion of mine."