Zurich Film Festival Honors 'Transformers' Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura

FILM: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
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"Transformers" producer Bonaventura has closed a new three-year deal to remain with Paramount.

The industry veteran, whose credits include the 'G.J. Joe' and 'RED' franchises, as well as the upcoming 'Deepwater Horizon,' will receive Zurich's Golden Eye award for lifetime achievement.

Legendary film producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura — whose long list of credits includes the Transformers, G.J. Joe and RED franchises — will receive the Golden Eye lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.

The Sept. 28 ceremony will be followed by the gala premiere of Deepwater Horizon. The real-life disaster drama, directed by Peter Berg, stars Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich. It is based on the 2010 offshore drilling rig explosion that killed 11 men on board and triggered the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The Participant Media/Lionsgate production, which is said will honor the victims of the disaster, hits U.S. theaters Sept. 30.

“Lorenzo di Bonaventura has proven himself as one of the most prolific producers in the business today,” said Zurich Film Festival directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri in a statement. “He’s a creative force behind some of the most entertaining and highest grossing movie franchises of the last decade, yet still manages to stay diverse and deliver powerful films of all sizes and scopes, across a wide range of genres. He’s an unbelievable talent and we are honored to welcome him to Zurich and present him with this much deserved Career Achievement Award.”

Other titles di Bonaventura has produced include the thriller Salt, starring Angelina Jolie; sci-fi action film Constantine, with Keanu Reeves; and Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects. His upcoming projects include Luis Prieto's Kidnap, starring Halle Berry, and the latest title in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight.

Di Bonaventura launched a television production division in 2011. Based at ABC Studios, the company produces The Real O'Neals for ABC.

The 2016 Zurich International Film Festival runs Sept. 22-Oct. 2.