Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Italian pronunciation: [loˈrɛntso di ˌbɔnavenˈtuːra]; born January 13, 1957) is an American film producer of Italian origin and founder and owner of Di Bonaventura Pictures. He is known for producing the Transformers film series.[1]

Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Lorenzo di Bonaventura by Gage Skidmore.jpg
di Bonaventura at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Born (1957-01-13) January 13, 1957 (age 63)
Alma materChoate Rosemary Hall
Harvard University
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Kimberly di Bonaventura (m. 1996 - 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(s) Title(s) Director(s) Writer(s) Based on Distributor(s) Budget Gross Rotten Tomatoes
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Kevin Brodbin and Frank A. Cappello John Constantine
by Alan Moore
Stephen R. Bissette
John Totleben
Warner Bros. Pictures $100 million $230.9 million 46%[7]
Four Brothers John Singleton David Elliot and Paul Lovett The Sons of Katie Elder
by Henry Hathaway
Paramount Pictures $45 million $92 million 52%[8]
Doom Andrzej Bartkowiak David Callaham and Wesley Strick Doom 1993 game
by id Software
Universal Studios $60 million $10 million 19%
Derailed Mikael Håfström Stuart Beattie Derailed
by James Siegel
The Weinstein Company
Buena Vista International
$22 million $57 million 20%[9]
2007 Shooter Antoine Fuqua Jonathan Lemkin Point of Impact
by Stephen Hunter
Paramount Pictures $61 million $95.7 million 48%[10]
1408 Mikael Håfström Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander
and Larry Karaszewski
by Stephen King
Dimension Films
$25 million $132 million 78%[11]
Transformers Michael Bay Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Transformers
by Hasbro
DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
$150 million $709.7 million 57%[12]
Stardust Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman Stardust
by Neil Gaiman
Paramount Pictures $88.5 million $135.6 million 76%[13]
2009 Imagine That Karey Kirkpatrick Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
$55 million $22 million 40%[14]
Revenge of the Fallen
Michael Bay Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
and Ehren Kruger
by Hasbro
DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
$200 million $836.3 million 19%[15]
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Stephen Sommers Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett,
Michael B. Gordon and Stephen Summers
G.I. Joe
by Hasbro
Paramount Pictures $175 million $302.5 million 35%[16]
2010 Salt Phillip Noyce Kurt Wimmer Columbia Pictures $110 million $293.5 million 62%
Red Robert Schwentke Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber Red
by Warren Ellis
Cully Hamner
Summit Entertainment $58 million $199 million 72%[17]
2011 Transformers:
Dark of the Moon
Michael Bay Ehren Kruger Transformers
by Hasbro
Paramount Pictures $195 million $1.124 billion 35%[18]
2012 The Devil Inside William Brent Bell William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman $1 million $101.8 million 6%[19]
Man on a Ledge Asger Leth Pablo Fenjves Summit Entertainment $42 million $46.2 million 31%[20]
2013 The Last Stand Kim Jee-woon Andrew Knauer Lionsgate $45 million $48 million 60%[21]
Side Effects Steven Soderbergh Scott Z. Burns Open Road Films $30 million $60 million 83%
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick G.I. Joe
by Hasbro
Paramount Pictures $130 million[22] $122 million 28%[23]
Red 2 Dean Parisot Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber Red
by Warren Ellis
Cully Hamner
Summit Entertainment $84 million $148.1 million 42%
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh Adam Cozad and David Koepp Jack Ryan
by Tom Clancy
Paramount Pictures $60 million $135.5 million 56%[24]
Age of Extinction
Michael Bay Ehren Kruger Transformers
by Hasbro
$210 million $1.104 billion 18%[25]
2016 Deepwater Horizon Peter Berg Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul Summit Entertainment $156 million $121.8 million 83%[26]
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Michael Bay Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan Transformers
by Hasbro
Paramount Pictures $260 million $605.4 million 16%
Kidnap Luis Prieto Knate Gwaltney Relativity Media $21 million $30.7 million 38%
American Assassin Michael Cuesta Stephen Schiff American Assassin by Vince Flynn Lionsgate $33 million $66.7 million 34%
Only the Brave Joseph Kosinski Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer $38 million $23.1 million 87%
2018 The Meg Jon Turteltaub Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber Book of the same name by Steve Alten Warner Bros. Pictures $150 million $527.8 million 45%
Bumblebee Travis Knight Christina Hodson Transformers
by Hasbro
Paramount Pictures $135 million $462 million 93%
2019 Pet Sematary Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer Jeff Buhler and Matt Greenberg Pet Sematary
by Stephen King
TBA TBA 57%[27]
TBA The Secrets We Keep Yuval Adler Ryan Covington TBA TBA TBA TBA
TBA Kringle[28] Mark Dindal Mark Dindal
Jason Richman
Book of the same name by Tony Abbott Paramount Pictures TBA TBA TBA



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