Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Italian pronunciation: [loˈrɛntso di ˌbɔnavenˈtuːra]; born January 13, 1957) is an American film producer and founder and owner of Di Bonaventura Pictures. He is best known for producing the Transformers film series. The films he has produced have made over $7 billion at the box office.[1]

Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Lorenzo di Bonaventura by Gage Skidmore.jpg
di Bonaventura at Comic Con in 2010
Born (1957-01-13) January 13, 1957 (age 64)
Alma materChoate Rosemary Hall
Harvard University
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
OccupationFilm producer
Kimberly di Bonaventura
(m. 1996; div. 2015)

Brooke di Bonaventura
(m. 2018)

Life and careerEdit

Di Bonaventura spent the 1990s as an executive at Warner Bros. Pictures, eventually rising to president of worldwide production. His production company Di Bonaventura Pictures is based at Paramount Pictures. His tenure at Warner Bros. included discovering and shepherding The Matrix into production, and the purchase of the rights to the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.

Di Bonaventura has purchased the film rights to the six-part series of fantasy novels The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.[2] Di Bonaventura said that Scott's "fantastic series is a natural evolution from 'Harry Potter'."

In the documentary Side by Side, he criticized the ubiquitousness of inexpensive high quality cameras for essentially allowing anyone to become a filmmaker, potentially saturating the media landscape with awful entertainment that the masses wouldn't be able to distinguish from works by conventionally trained persons. This new media landscape is flawed due to lack of a "tastemaker"—similar to how Steve Jobs complained that journalistic editorial content was now sorely lacking, mentioned at one of the Some Things Digital conferences.

Personal lifeEdit

Di Bonaventura graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall and Harvard University. He later received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[3] His father, Mario di Bonaventura, was a symphony conductor, and his uncle, Anthony di Bonaventura, was a concert pianist.[4]

Di Bonaventura serves as chair of the Creative Council for Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[5] He has served on the Claremont Graduate University Board of Trustees since 2015.[6]


Year Title Director Distributor(s) Role
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Warner Bros. Pictures Producer
Four Brothers John Singleton Paramount Pictures
Doom Andrzej Bartkowiak Universal Studios
Derailed Mikael Håfström The Weinstein Company
Buena Vista International
2007 Shooter Antoine Fuqua Paramount Pictures
1408 Mikael Håfström Dimension Films
Transformers Michael Bay DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Stardust Matthew Vaughn Paramount Pictures
2009 Imagine That Karey Kirkpatrick
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Stephen Sommers Paramount Pictures
2010 Salt Phillip Noyce Columbia Pictures
Red Robert Schwentke Summit Entertainment
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
2012 The Devil Inside William Brent Bell Executive producer
Man on a Ledge Asger Leth Summit Entertainment Producer
2013 The Last Stand Kim Jee-woon Lionsgate
Side Effects Steven Soderbergh Open Road Films
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Paramount Pictures
Red 2 Dean Parisot Summit Entertainment
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh Paramount Pictures
Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Zach Lipovsky Crackle Executive producer
Electric Slide Tristan Patterson Paragon Releasing Producer (Uncredited)
2016 Dead Rising: Endgame Pat Williams Crackle Executive producer (Uncredited)
Deepwater Horizon Peter Berg Summit Entertainment Producer
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
Kidnap Luis Prieto Relativity Media
Aviron Pictures
Unlocked Michael Apted Lionsgate
American Assassin Michael Cuesta
Only the Brave Joseph Kosinski Summit Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Wes Ball 20th Century Fox Executive producer
Higher Power Matthew Charles Santoro Magnet Releasing Producer
The Meg Jon Turteltaub Warner Bros. Pictures
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Sonny Laguna
Tommy Wiklund
RLJE Films Executive producer
El Chicano Ben Hernandez Bray Briarcliff Entertainment
Replicas Jeffrey Nachmanoff Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Producer
Bumblebee Travis Knight Paramount Pictures
2019 Pet Sematary Kevin Kölsch
Dennis Widmyer
Doom: Annihilation Tony Giglio Universal 1440 Entertainment Executive producer
2020 The Secrets We Keep Yuval Adler Bleecker Street Producer
2021 Infinite Antoine Fuqua Paramount+
Snake Eyes Robert Schwentke Paramount Pictures
2022 Untitled Transformers project Steven Caple Jr. Paramount Pictures
TBA G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant D.J. Caruso
Untitled animated Transformers film Josh Cooley
Untitled Transformers film Angel Manuel Soto
Meg 2: The Trench Ben Wheatley Warner Bros. Pictures
Untitled Pet Sematary prequel Lindsey Beer Paramount+
Beverly Hills Cop IV Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah Netflix Executive producer


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA TO RECEIVE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD". www.zff.com. Zurich Film Festival. August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Moon, Transformers At The. "Lorenzo di Bonaventura - June 2007 - Transformers At The Moon - www.transformertoys.co.uk".
  3. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (11 October 2010). "Di Bonaventura on a bonny venture". Variety.
  4. ^ "Mario di Bonaventura (Composer) - Short Biography". www.bach-cantatas.com. Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  6. ^ "Lorenzo di Bonaventura ·". www.cgu.edu.

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