The “Back to the Future” director's pact at Universal won't be as rich as his old deal at Disney, but it returns him to a studio
Robert Zemeckis, the director who landed in producer jail after his "Mars Needs Moms" flopped in a big way, has landed on his feet: He has entered a two-year first-look production deal at Universal Studios.
The deal is for Zemeckis and his company, ImageMovers.
It won't be nearly as fancy as his deal at Disney, which included a facility in Marin County. Disney shut down the facility in 2010.
But Zemeckis has his share of hits and has a reputation for technological innovation.
His more recent work hasn't matched that standard. The 2007 "Beowulf" had a budget estimated at $150 million and grossed $191 million. And the 2011 "Mars Needs Moms," made for an estimated $150 million, grossed a shabby $34.4 million worthwhile.
In addition to the first-look deal, he has a number of projects in the works, and in talks to direct Warner Bros. and Mandeville Entertainment's "Here There Be Monsters."