Producer Lloyd Phillips, who had recently completed Warner Bros.’ Superman reboot “Man of Steel” after having exec produced “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Tourist” in recent years, died Friday in Malibu of a heart attack. He was 63.
Director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is set for release on June 14. Phillips was in pre-production on “The Great Wall,” a mystery thriller about the construction of the Great Wall of China, and was to exec produce sequel “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage,” with Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Lloyd was quite talented in all aspects of filmmaking, which is why he had success both as a creative producer and as a physical line producer,” said Charles Roven, who made three films with Phillips, including “Man of Steel.”
Phillips won an Oscar very early in his career, in 1981, as the producer of live-action short “The Dollar Bottom.” Though born in South Africa, he grew up in Auckland, N.Z., and was the first person from New Zealand to win an Oscar.
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His other credits include 1995’s “Twelve Monkeys,” on which he was co-producer; Lee Tamahori’s 1997 effort “The Edge,” starring Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins; Martin Campbell’s “Vertical Limit,” Angelina Jolie-Clive Owen starrer “Beyond Borders” and “The Legend of Zorro”; 2005 children’s film “Racing Stripes”; and Tom Tywker thriller “The International,” with Owen and Naomi Watts.
Phillips also served as production manager on several of these films.
Director Cambell said: “Not only was Lloyd one of my closest friends, he was also one of the best producers I have ever worked with. His dedication and commitment were second to none.”
Jolie said: “Lloyd was a true original, loved by anyone who knew him well. He had a kind heart and a wonderful sense of adventure. His death is a terrible shock and a tremendous loss. He was so full of life that it is impossible to believe he is gone.”
Phillips worked briefly as a photojournalist before he was accepted into the U.K.’s National Film School in Britain, which he attended in the early 1970s.
Though he had lived in the U.S. for the past three decades, Phillips was a staunch advocate of the New Zealand film industry.
He was also an avid photographer whose work was featured in a 2009 exhibit in Berlin. Phillips also published a photo journal from each of the film projects he produced.
Phillips is survived by his wife, the film producer Beau St. Clair, and a sister.
Donations may be made to the nonprofit Inner-City Filmmakers organization in Santa Monica.
– — Variety staff