EXCLUSIVE: 'Tron' producer inks with Disney

Jeffrey Silver to focus on key tentpoles under rare pact

Jeffrey Silver
Producer Jeffrey Silver has signed an overall production deal with Walt Disney Pictures. Under the agreement, Silver will focus on producing the key tentpole productions.

It is only the second producer pact made since Sean Bailey took the job of production head in January. It also is one of the rare deals being signed at any studio in an age where such partnerships are being cut or simply not being renewed.

Silver is better known as a line producer, and among the more than 30 films he's produced are such titles as "300" and "Terminator Salvation." He is now wrapping "Tron Legacy," Disney's sci-fi tentpole directed by Joseph Kosinski that comes out in December.

Silver ran Outlaw Prods. with Bobby Newmyer, producing such films as the "Santa Clause" series and "Training Day." When Newmyer died suddenly in 2005, Silver created his own shingle, Biscayne Pictures.

"This is something different for me," Silver said. "I've been a gun for hire for many years. I've always taken both a creative and physical approach to a range of pics because I think of myself as a hybrid. Not a lot of people combine line and creative; I try to do both."

Disney is bringing Silver on board to work on their tentpole pics, which include a potential "Tron" sequel and "Oblivion," another Kosinski project. The projects he is looking to bring in on a creative front will have a sci-fi or fantasy bent.
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