With the new crime-thriller horror film “Deliver Us From Evil,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer is making his first venture into the horror genre.
Bruckheimer tells Zap2it at WonderCon Anaheim 2014 that the reason he hasn’t backed any horror movies thus far is because he personally is not a fan of the genre. But Bruckheimer’s love of a true story — as evidenced by his reality shows like “The Amazing Race” — won out, and he’s been working on bringing “Deliver Us From Evil” to the big screen for the past decade.
Read on to find out what intrigued Bruckheimer about “Deliver Us From Evil,” why he is excited about “CSI: Cyber,” what he’s considering with Netflix and the status on “Bad Boys III.”
Zap2it: What was it about “Deliver Us From Evil” that made you decide to produce it?
Jerry Bruckheimer: I love true stories. I love reality, and the Ralph Sarchie book we bought 10 years ago kind of excited it and we thought we could get a good movie out of it. And here we are, we’re talking about it. I guess we achieved it, but I’m a little slow. It took me 10 years to get here.
How did you come to find Scott Derrickson to direct it?
Scott was the first writer we went to on this, and he wrote the first adaptation of the book eight or nine years ago. And then he went off and did his three movies [“The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “The Day The Earth Stood Still” and “Sinister”] and we kept working on the screenplay. Screen Gems asked him after “Emily Rose,” “What would you like to do next?” and he said, “I want to ‘Deliver Us From Evil.'” And since Disney had shut Touchstone we weren’t able to get it out, and so we took it over to Screen Gems, Scott did another rewrite on it, and here we are. He even directed it.
Would you be interested in doing more horror films going forward?
If it’s something that excited me, the concept and the characters excited me, sure. They’re hard to make for me because I don’t go see them. I’ve seen “The Exorcist” and I’ve seen “Poltergeist” and I’ve seen “Psycho,” but that’s about it. You’re not going to see me standing in line to see the next “Freddy” movie.
We’re excited about the new “CSI” show you have coming up called “CSI: Cyber.” What can you tell us about it?
Yeah, we have the new “CSI.” Hopefully we’ll get it on the air. It’s about the CSI cyber, and it stars Patricia Arquette, so it’s really a good show. It was based on a woman we met who works with the FBI, and all she does is travel around the world [following] cyber crimes. So she finds these people who are trafficking kids or whatever and seeks them out and finds them and arrests them. It’s a fascinating world.
The other “CSI” shows are all rooted in their cities. Would that be the same for this?
She’ll be everywhere. She’s based out of Washington, but she’ll be everywhere.
Anything else new for TV?
We’re working on some ideas. Nothing definite yet, but we’re kicking around some stuff I think you’ll like. Can’t talk about it yet.
I also saw your comment to Bloomberg about having discussions with Netflix. What do you think about the shift toward binge-watching and toward new outlets like Netflix?
I think it’s great. I think the more opportunities us as filmmakers can use our skills in storytelling in different kinds of mediums and ways of doing, whether it’s binge-watching or whether it is network television where you watch it once a week, we’re glad to have it.
Netflix is looking to create its own original movies as well. Would that be something you’d be interested in?
We sell content to anybody who wants to do it. [smiles]
You’ve been in this industry for so long, is there anything that you’ve wanted to do but haven’t had a chance to?
We have 40 projects in development. We hope to get them all made. We won’t, but we’re trying. We left Disney and we went to Paramount, which opens up a lot more means for us to have fun in, because Disney was very focused on the Disney brand and doing PG or a very soft PG-13. Now we can go back to the movies we made, the “Con-Airs” and the “Crimson Tides.”
Are you interested in starting new franchises instead of continuing some of your old ones?
Oh, absolutely. We have a lot of stuff in development. I don’t know if they’ll be franchises, but they’re certainly interesting movies.
Lastly, I was curious if you had any updates on “Bad Boys III”?
You know, we have a very good writer [David Guggenheim] on it, and he’s somebody that Sony likes a lot, so we hope that he’s going to give us something that we can make.
Would you do the movie if you can’t get Will Smith and Martin Lawrence back?
No, I don’t think so.
What about Michael Bay?
Michael will be a part of it one way or another, I hope. We’d love him to direct it. He’s very busy with “Transformers.”
“Deliver Us From Evil” hits theaters on July 2.