Fox, Winter renew prod'n deal


20th Century Fox has renewed Ralph Winter's production deal into 2008. The first-look deal began in July 2001, after the producer completed the original "X-Men" for the studio.

The native Californian is in production on Fox's sequel to "Fantastic Four" with director Tim Story. The film, "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," is slated for a June release.

Winter has been a part of Fox's successful run of science-fiction films including all three of the "X-Men" films, which have grossed more than $600 million in domestic boxoffice; 2001's "Planet of the Apes" remake; and last year's "Fantastic Four," which collected about $155 million domestically.

Before Fox, Winter was at the Walt Disney Co., where he produced the remake of "Mighty Joe Young" and "Inspector Gadget." His production credits include the indie film "Hackers," "Hocus Pocus" and "The Puppet Masters." His television producing credits include episodes of "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy."

Winter is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history. He is repped by ICM.