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Scott brothers back to Disney, via Bruckheimer

Filmmakers ink unique first-look deal

Helmer/producers Ridley and Tony Scott, whose Scott Free Prods. was at one time based at Disney, then moved to Polygram and then to Universal, have entered into a unique pact with Jerry Bruckheimer films.

While the precise structure of the deal remained unclear, sources close to the Scott and Bruckheimer camps confirmed that the Scotts — whose Universal deal expired Sept. 30 — have been granted a two-year, first-look arrangement with Bruckheimer Films.

Bruckheimer himself has a rich five-year deal with Disney and he will fund Scott Free’s overhead with Disney coin.

No staff changes are expected at Scott Free.

Bruckheimer and the Scotts have long wanted to form an alliance.

Tony Scott and Bruckheimer have worked together for more than a decade on such films as “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Days of Thunder,” “Crimson Tide” and most recently “Enemy of the State”; Ridley has yet to work with Bruckheimer, though they have known each other for years.

Under the new deal, the Scotts will have the freedom to bring projects — to either produce or direct — to Jerry Bruckheimer Films or Bruckheimer’s non-action division, Technical Black.

Tony Scott is currently developing the Henry Bean-penned script, “Take Down” and “Lucky Strike” with Bruckheimer. In the coming weeks, the two companies are expected to sit down and discuss projects they would like to develop together.

As producers, the Scotts have upcoming “Where the Money Is” starring Paul Newman for USA Films and “RKO 281” for HBO Pictures.

Ridley Scott, the director of such films as “Alien,” “Black Rain,” “Thelma & Louise,” “1492,” “White Squall,” “G.I Jane” and the forthcoming “Gladiator,” is developing “Hannibal,” the sequel to “Silence of the Lambs.”

Among Bruckheimer’s current projects are “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” directed by Dominic Cena; “Coyote Ugly” being directed by David McNally; “Cup of Tea” for Billy August; “Remember the Titans” for Boaz Yakin; and “Tennessee” for Michael Bay.