Michael De Luca is on the prowl for a hit film.The producer of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Moneyball" and his company, Michael De Luca Productions, have joined forces with the Launch Pad Competition to discover the next great novel to bring to screens. The event was started four years ago as a platform for showcasing literary talent. Last year, it began allowing writers to submit work in the manuscript stage. "Alien" director Ridley Scott and his Scott Free Productions...
A larger-than-life presence in the often dull, bean-counting world of studio corporate life, he’s always been a hip risk-taker with a great eye for talent and material, and an instinctive filmmaker with an innate command of popular culture.
De Luca got his start in 1985 interning at New Line, the fledgling independent run by Bob Shaye, who became his mentor, and was named president of production at just 27. He helped define New Line with such giant hits as “Rush Hour,” “Boogie Nights,” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” “The Mask,” “Dumb & Dumber,” “Seven” and “Mortal Kombat.” De Luca excelled with a finger on the pulse of mass culture who also collaborated with such cutting-edge filmmakers as Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze.
But after some expensive flops, he was fired, moved to DreamWorks, and then became a producer at Columbia, setting up Michael De Luca Productions. He left Sony in 2015 for a three-year, first-look production agreement with Universal to produce the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” trilogy.
He’s been an Oscar-nominated producer for three of his films: “Captain Phillips,” Moneyball” and “The Social Network.” Upcoming projects include producing the 89th Academy Awards and “Isle of Man” with director/writer Ben Younger.