Neal H. Moritz (born June 6, 1959) is an American film producer and executive at Sony Pictures. He is the founder of Original Film and most known for I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Am Legend and The Fast and the Furious franchise, and the television shows Prison Break and The Big C. His films have earned more than $5 billion as of 2012.[2]

Neal H. Moritz
Neal Moritz by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Moritz at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1959-06-06) June 6, 1959 (age 60)
Alma materUSC School of Cinematic Arts
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Sarah Trimble Moritz

Early life and familyEdit

Neal H. Moritz was born in Los Angeles, California, to Milton Moritz and Barbara (née Levin). His paternal grandfather, Joseph Moritz, owned movie theaters in Pittsburgh and was an early investor in American International Pictures (AIP). Milton Moritz was born in Pittsburgh and moved to California after falling ill with rheumatic fever at age 8, when his doctor suggested the family move to a better climate. He was head of marketing at AIP and was later CEO and president of the National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada. Moritz is from a Jewish family.[3][4][5][6]

Moritz grew up in Westwood and graduated from UCLA, where he participated in a Semester at Sea program. When he came back, he gave away several backpacks that were popular with Chinese students. He had so many requests for the backpacks that he and a friend began a company importing purses and bags from Taiwan. He sold the company to an investor, and returned to school.[4] He earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television in 1985. He is a member of the school's Alumni Development Council.[7] As of April 2017, Moritz has been married for 15 years and has two children, aged 17 and 14.[4]

One of his earliest movies was Juice with Tupac Shakur.[4] Moritz has more than 70 films to his credit, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, The Fast and the Furious franchise, Not Another Teen Movie, XXX, S.W.A.T., Evan Almighty, I Am Legend, Made of Honor, Total Recall and 21 Jump Street.

Moritz is also credited for Prison Break, and he produced Cabin by the Lake, its sequel Return to Cabin by the Lake and The Glass House. In December 2011, Moritz announced plans to produce a reboot of the Starship Troopers film franchise; this reboot is said to be more faithful to the source material than the previous films, which feature little in common with the original novel apart from the general setting and character names.[8][9]

Starting in 2018, Moritz and Original Film began a first-look deal for Paramount Pictures starting Jan. 1, 2018, leaving his longtime home, Sony Pictures after 20+ years.[10] However, he still maintains his overall deal at Sony Pictures Television.[11] A month later, the rights for the Sonic the Hedgehog film were transferred from Sony to Paramount, leaving most of the original staff intact.[12]

In October 2018, Moritz filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures for breach of oral contract and committed promissory fraud after the distributor removed him as lead producer on Hobbs & Shaw. Furthermore, it was revealed in May 2019 that Universal had blacklisted Moritz from any future Fast & Furious installments.[13]

FilmographyEdit

All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.

FilmEdit

Year Film Notes
1992 Juice
1994 The Stoned Age
1997 Volcano
I Know What You Did Last Summer
1998 Urban Legend
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
1999 Cruel Intentions
Blue Streak
Held Up
2000 The Skulls
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Cruel Intentions 2 Direct-to-video
2001 Saving Silverman
The Fast and the Furious
Soul Survivors
The Glass House
Not Another Teen Movie
2002 Slackers
The Skulls II Direct-to-video
Executive producer
XXX
Sweet Home Alabama
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious
S.W.A.T.
Out of Time
2004 Torque
The Skulls III Direct-to-video
Cruel Intentions 3 Direct-to-video
2005 XXX: State of the Union
Devour Direct-to-video
Stealth
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Click
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer Direct-to-video
Gridiron Gang
2007 Evan Almighty
I Am Legend
2008 Vantage Point
Prom Night
Made of Honor
2009 Fast & Furious
2010 The Bounty Hunter
2011 The Green Hornet
The Music Never Stopped
S.W.A.T.: Firefight Direct-to-video
Battle: Los Angeles
Fast Five
The Change-Up
2012 21 Jump Street
Total Recall
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer
Dead Man Down
Fast & Furious 6
R.I.P.D.
2014 22 Jump Street
Search Party
2015 Furious 7
Goosebumps
2016 Passengers
2017 The Fate of the Furious
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege Direct-to-video
2018 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Hunter Killer
2019 Escape Room
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog Post-production
Bloodshot
Spenser Confidential
Fast & Furious 9
TBA
Danger Mouse[14] Development
Sexcrimes Development
As an actor
Year Film Role
2001 The Fast and the Furious Ferrari Driver
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Swerving Cop
S.W.A.T. Luxury Car Driver
Second unit director or assistant director
Year Film Notes
1994 The Stoned Age Second unit director
Thanks
Year Film Notes
2011 My Trip to the Dark Side Grateful acknowledgment

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Notes
1990 Framed Television film
Executive producer
1994 Blind Justice Television film
1998 The Rat Pack Television film
Executive producer
1999 Shasta McNasty Executive producer
Monster! Television film
Executive producer
2000 Cabin by the Lake Television film
Executive producer
Hendrix Television film
Executive producer
Electra's Guy Television film
Executive producer
2001 Class Warfare Television film
Executive producer
Return to Cabin by the Lake Television film
Executive producer
Shotgun Love Dolls Television film
Executive producer
2003 The Pool at Maddy Breaker's Television film
Executive producer
Vegas Dick Television film
Executive producer
Still Life Executive producer
2002–04 Greg the Bunny Executive producer
2004 Mr. Ed Television pilot
Executive producer
2003–05 Tru Calling Executive producer
2005–06 Point Pleasant Executive producer
2007 Not Another High School Show Television film
Executive producer
2008 SIS Television film
Executive producer
Untitled Dave Caplan pilot Television pilot
Executive producer
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Television film
Executive producer
2010–13 The Big C Executive producer
2013 Save Me Executive producer
2016 Cruel Intentions Television pilot
Executive producer
2005–17 Prison Break Executive producer
2017 Roadside Picnic Television pilot
Executive producer
2017–19 Happy! Executive producer
2019 The Boys Executive producer
Fast & Furious: Spy Racers Executive producer
2016–19 Preacher Executive producer
2017–19 S.W.A.T. Executive producer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Neal H Moritz, Born 06/06/1959 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org.
  2. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (March 9, 2012). "'21 Jump Street' Producer Neal H. Moritz Talks Tips for Surviving on Set". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Shollar, Masha (August 3, 2016). "Native son recalls hand in 'Golden Age' of B movies". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "'B.S. Pod': The History of the 'Fast & Furious' Franchise With Neal Moritz". The Ringer. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Neal Moritz, a producer with his finger on the pulse of the populace". Los Angeles Times. March 14, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (March 9, 1999). "Moritz Makes His 'Intentionsxxx' Clear". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Alumni Development Council" (PDF). In Motion. USC: 2. Fall 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "A New Invasion: 'Starship Troopers' Headed for a Remake". Archived from the original on December 4, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
  9. ^ "'Starship Troopers' Reboot Officially In The Works". Screen Rant. December 2, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (September 6, 2017). "Neal Moritz Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (September 6, 2017). "Neal Moritz Moves First-Look Deal to Paramount". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (October 2, 2017). "'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Lands at Paramount". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  13. ^ Holmes, Adam (May 9, 2019). "The Fast And Furious Franchise Has Fired Its Longtime Producer". Cinema Blend. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  14. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=45602

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