Michael De Luca

Michael De Luca (born August 13, 1965) is an American film studio executive, film producer and screenwriter. The former president of production at both New Line Cinema and DreamWorks, De Luca has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Picture. De Luca is also the incoming Chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Pictures Group.

Michael De Luca
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Born (1965-08-13) August 13, 1965 (age 54)
OccupationProducer, writer
TitleChairman of Motion Pictures Group
Angelique (Madrid) De Luca
m. 2009)

Early life

De Luca was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His mother was a German-Jewish immigrant, and his father, who was Italian American and Catholic, worked at ConEdison.[1][2] De Luca began pursuing a career in show business in 1986. Originally tapped to work as a story editor, he rose fairly quickly through the ranks, thanks in part to his mentor, chair and co-founder Robert Shaye. De Luca did complete his degree from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 1995.[3]


In 1990, De Luca made his debut in the film industry as an associate producer on Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. De Luca has been collecting comics since childhood and is a huge fan of comic books and graphic novels, in particular the works of Frank Miller, and sci-fi properties such as Star Trek.

He wrote the 1994 horror film In the Mouth of Madness, directed by John Carpenter. De Luca co-wrote the story for the 1995 film adaptation of the popular British comic book character Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone as the eponymous lead.[4] In 1996, De Luca, a self-proclaimed "Trekkie", was approached by the producers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore for Star Trek: Voyager and pitched an idea which turned into an opportunity to write an episode for the series.

De Luca is a former President of Production for New Line Cinema. During his tenure at New Line Cinema, he oversaw a variety of films that would come to define the studio, including Seven, Friday, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers, Rush Hour, Blade, American History X, and Magnolia. DeLuca wrote and produced Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, the sixth entry in the long-running Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

After New Line Cinema, De Luca became President of Production at DreamWorks, his tenure lasting between 2001 and 2004.

After his contract with DreamWorks ended, De Luca signed a production deal with Sony Pictures and started his own production company, Michael De Luca Productions. His first release under his production company was Ghost Rider (2007) starring Nicolas Cage, followed by 21 and The Love Guru (both 2008) starring Mike Myers.

He was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar two years in a row for 2010's The Social Network (2010) and Moneyball (2011). He received a third nomination in 2014 for producing Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips.

De Luca also produced the 2011 remake of the cult classic vampire horror film Fright Night. De Luca and Dana Brunetti reunited for Fifty Shades of Grey, the 2015 film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name.[5][6] It was a massive financial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing R-rated films of all time.

On January 3, 2020, it was announced that De Luca had been appointed Chairman of the MGM Motion Picture Group.[7]

Personal life

De Luca was previously in a relationship with actress Julianne Moore, star of New Line's Boogie Nights.[8] In 2009, he married actress Angelique Madrid (born 1974) from Ft. Worth, Texas, who was a contestant on the first season of ABC's The Bachelor. They have a daughter, Skylar (born 2008), and a son, Caden (born 2012).[2]


All films, producer unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Notes Award Ref.
1990 Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Executive producer
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Executive producer
1992 Deep Cover Co-executive producer
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Co-executive producer
1994 The Mask Executive producer
Don Juan DeMarco Executive producer
In the Mouth of Madness Executive producer
1996 Last Man Standing Executive producer
The Long Kiss Goodnight Executive producer
1997 B.A.P.S. Executive producer
One Night Stand Co-executive producer
Boogie Nights Co-executive producer
Wag the Dog Executive producer
1998 Dark City Executive producer
Lost in Space Executive producer
Blade Executive producer
Pleasantville Executive producer
American History X Co-executive producer
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Executive producer
Detroit Rock City Executive producer
Body Shots Executive producer
The Bachelor Executive producer
Magnolia Executive producer
2000 Lost Souls Executive producer
Little Nicky Executive producer
Thirteen Days Executive producer
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Executive producer
Blow Executive producer
Town & Country Executive producer
Storytelling Executive producer
Rush Hour 2 Executive producer
Knockaround Guys Executive producer
Life as a House Executive producer
I Am Sam Executive producer
2002 Run Ronnie Run! Executive producer
John Q. Executive producer
Blade II Executive producer
Highway Executive producer
Unconditional Love Executive producer
Simone Executive producer
2003 A Man Apart Executive producer
2005 Zathura: A Space Adventure
2007 Ghost Rider
2008 21
The Love Guru Won–Razzie Award for Worst Picture
2009 Brothers
2010 The Social Network Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
2011 Drive Angry
Fright Night
Moneyball Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
The Sitter
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
2013 Captain Phillips Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture
2014 Dracula Untold
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Won–Razzie Award for Worst Picture
2016 Inferno
2017 Fifty Shades Darker
2018 Fifty Shades Freed
Under the Silver Lake
The Sisters Brothers
2019 The Kitchen
2021 The Suicide Squad
Cowboy Ninja Viking
12 Mighty Orphans
Metro 2033
The Great Outdoors
Flint Strong
As writer
Year Film Notes
1987 The Lawnmower Man Short film
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
1994 In the Mouth of Madness
1995 Judge Dredd


Year Title Notes
2006 The Way Television film
Executive producer
2013 Mob City Executive producer
2015 Childhood's End Executive producer
2017 Embeds Executive producer
89th Academy Awards
2018 90th Academy Awards
Escape at Dannemora Executive producer
2020 The Baby-Sitters Club Executive producer
Hue 1968 Executive producer
Shōgun Executive producer
As writer
Year Title Notes
1988−89 Freddy's Nightmares
1991−93 Dark Justice
1996 Star Trek: Voyager


  1. ^ "Michael De Luca Biography (1965–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Galloway, Stephen. "The Confessions of Mike De Luca". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ "NYU Alumnus Mark Bridges Wins Oscar for Best Costume Design for "The Artist"". New York University. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Judge Dredd". June 30, 1995. Retrieved October 31, 2016 – via IMDb.
  5. ^ "The Social Network Producers Team Up Again For Fifty Shades of Grey Adaptation". BusinessInsider.com. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Sony Fires Up 'Gran Turismo' Movie With 'Fifty Shades' Producers". The Wrap. July 23, 2013. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "MGM Film Boss Jonathan Glickman Exiting; Mike De Luca To Become Chairman Of Film Group". Deadline Hollywood. January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "Livin'Thing". Grantland.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 11, 2018). "Michael De Luca Joins Suicide Squad 2 As Producer". Variety. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

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